i Cryptic Crossword 2296 Quixote

June 18, 2018

In which the Don shows that he too can set puzzles at the harder end of the spectrum. He usually saves these for other outlets, and usually under different pseudonyms, but today we have one that I’m guessing will have taken most solvers longer than they’d anticipated. 5d, 17ac and 13ac will be unknown to most, I would have thought, and elsewhere we have wordplay that is a little tricky, in particular 26ac. 12ac provoked a – where? – and a quick consultation with Google, and at least five other answers led to a visit to the big red book. Last in the SE corner, with 19d also causing issues, and 1d the other side of the grid.

COD? I’ll go with the aforementioned 26ac – “French person with nothing on – not a fashionable style! (6)”.

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7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2296 Quixote”

  1. sprouthater said

    Certainly was a bit tougher than usual 1dn, 12ac and 17ac all being new to me and I’m only familiar with 15dn when it’s prefixed by beef. The only clue that I found a bit dubious was 8dn and the only one with two ticks was 26ac.

  2. dtw42 said

    Huh. Came here after failing on 19dn and 26ac at the end.
    The right answer for 26ac did go through my mind – in fact I pencilled it in the margin, but why does TON = fashionable style?
    19dn I have heard of and should have got but was thinking along the lines of insects rather than particles. Hey ho.
    Didn’t think much of 12ac (never heard of it, and there’s also a village called Henwall apparently). On the other hand, I was relatively fie with 5, 13 and 17.

    • jonofwales said

      TON for fashion is one of those things that only comes up in crosswords these days. According to Chambers: “1. Fashion; 2. People of fashion”.

      • dtw42 said

        Well how about that.
        …wish this site had capacity for editing one’s posts (as some do); I’d be going back and fixing my typos. *Hensall. *Fine

  3. batarde said

    Where, indeed? Otherwise no complaints, but it did feel like Quixote was setting out to prove that a fundamentalist Ximinean can mix it with the libertarians when it comes to setting a troublesome puzzle. “Ton” is usually irritating but Quixote seemed to be giving us a wink, making 26 a worthy COD.

  4. 12a: I entered HASWELL which is a place in County Durham. D’oh.

  5. Cornick said

    Re words like Ton, San etc, here’s Quixote from ‘The Chambers Crossword Dictionary’: ;Crossword English is rather like a foreign language – and it is a language that must be learnt’.
    Hmm, does that justify putting people off? Not for me!

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