i Cryptic Crossword 2419 Nestor

November 8, 2018

A Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint from Nestor today, and what a good one it was. Clear wordplay that led you straight to the answer should you be stuck. A few smiles along the way, with a very accurate description of Nigel Farage in particular a nice touch. Accessible – 23ac and 10d opened up the grid quite nicely, thank you. Only the one unknown – yes, you guessed it, 13d. No tricks, no themes, no Ninas, just a good, solid, enjoyable offering. Finish time? About par for the i. As far as I was concerned just the right balance of straightforward clues, a few gettable from the definition, and a few to get you thinking.

COD? 7d that typified today’s puzzle – nothing that was trying to be too clever, just good wordplay, and a surface reading worthy of Dac – “Tennessee state blocks drinking establishment (6)”.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2419 Nestor”

  1. batarde said

    Just about as good as it gets. My first in was 12ac, at which point I thought that perhaps we were in for a toughie, but things sped up gratifyingly thereafter. Very enjoyable, thank you Nestor.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Agreed, a good workout. A nice balance of accessible clues with ones demanding a bit of thinking. Satisfying and enjoyable.

    RHS went in fairly steadily, with the LHS requiring a bit more effort from me. I could not parse ORATORY or OPUS DEI, but had no doubt what they were meant to be. I had to look up NUEN, as my very limited German does not take me that high up, having been taught more Latin and Greek at school than modern languages. This is normally helpful in crosswordland, though.

  3. sprouthater said

    Enjoyed that, the obscurities at 13dn and 26ac were solvable from the cryptic but 1dn and 8ac went in from the definition only. Wondered what we were going to get from the Farage reference and was a bit disappointed it was just MEP

  4. Cornick said

    I do get a bit excited when I see Nestor’s name – this was terrific! The thought of Farage as MEPhistophelean will live with me until – well until next March at least, and there are surely none better at that kind of extended charade.
    I too failed to parse (lab)ORATORY, though the answer was plain enough.

  5. dtw42 said

    Last in for me were 15ac and 8ac, both from definition only; the rest were quite fun. What does it say about me that 10dn raised a chuckle when the penny dropped? Agree with Sprouthater re wondering where the Farage reference was going…

  6. For the second day running I finished without electronic aids! New words of the day: “a game involving sleight of hand, in which three inverted thimbles or cups are moved about, contestants having to spot which is the one with a pea or other object underneath.” And: “In Greek mythology… a Sicilian shepherd who was said to be the inventor of pastoral poetry. According to tradition, the son of Hermes and a nymph.”

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