i Cryptic Crossword 2416 Quixote

November 5, 2018

The Don is back to start the week after an extended break with a puzzle that was a little trickier than expected. In particular 3d and 7d at the close caused a bit of extended head scratching, as did 17d where I couldn’t get beyond ANT for worker for an age. Did anyone know the first definition at 3ac? I’ve been struggling unnecessarily with easy puzzles for a few days so was pleased to find on Fifteensquared that, indeed, the consensus was that this was harder than expected. Phew.

COD? I’ll go with 1ac – “Plant book rating only 4/10 (4)”.

To a Wednesday (!) in July 2014:


Congratulations to Roger Crabtree on his win in the Times Crossword Championship, and commiserations to Mark Goodliffe whose long winning streak has finally come to an end. Roll on the rematch.



6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2416 Quixote”

  1. Cornick said

    Botherations, put in PINES for 4d with a QM. Never mind.
    The first definition for 3a caused me quite a pause too – one of those that I didn’t know when solving, but was certain I’ve always known in retrospect (that’s a good sign in my book). Talking of books, 1a was a little beauty, wasn’t it?
    I’ll never love a puzzle where every long entry is a full anagram, nor do I often like 2-word double definitions, but everything else was excellent.

  2. Topsy said

    I was very annoyed with myself because I put in sacristan for 10a without engaging brain. I found this one quite tough but my mind is elsewhere today.

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I found this I fairly straightforward, and completed it in much less than my usual hour. Like jonofwales, I had to check SPOILERS for the first definition. I also had to check the meaning of LAP JOINT, carpentry not forming any part of my comfort zone. Not that naughty dance clubs and what happens in them have been much of a feature of my life, either…

    Fun, enjoyable and satisfying. I totally agree about OKRA at 1A.

  4. sprouthater said

    Some nice long anagrams to get going with and help with the oddities at 1dn where I knew the Oban part but couldn’t see where Sid fitted and 3ac which was new to me. 6dn went in with a bit of a shrug is Easter really a season? LOI 1ac which I couldn’t see and then it jumped off the page at me. All over far to quickly as the bishop said to the actress but very enjoyable.

  5. batarde said

    I thought he’d disappeared, but he’s very welcome back. Thoroughly enjoyed this one: a bit long anagram heavy but the quality of the clue writing was ample compensation.

  6. dtw42 said

    I didn’t get 3ac or 4dn; everything else was smooth and pleasant enough though.

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