i Cryptic Crossword 2466 Hob

January 3, 2019

When you’re trying to quickly solve the cryptic and knock out a blog, a setter’s name you don’t necessarily want to see is Hob. Not because of any particular dislike, but because he can sometimes be a little tough. Thankfully today’s offering was quite accessible, though I did struggle a little in the SW corner and with the two four letter answers both starting with T to the SE.

Did I spot the Nina? Well, I spotted the top line pretty quickly, though failed miserably to link it to the definitions I couldn’t work out in a couple of the clues. It was only at the very close that I spotted the rest, which helped confirm ROBIN which I’d been somewhat unsure of to that point. Elsewhere I was looking for the definition in the wrong place at 29d, couldn’t make head or tail of 12ac, or 18ac for that matter. All is explained ably over on the other side. I knew 20d rather too well, though associate it mostly with American gambling and wonder how well known it is outside those circles.

COD? In an enjoyable puzzle with lots to appreciate, I’m going with 11ac – “Pro cross about amateur recipes (8)”.

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9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2466 Hob”

  1. dtw42 said

    Hmm. Very glad I spotted the nina & pencilled in the whole of it fairly early on, as it helped a lot with places where I would otherwise have struggled. I didn’t get the references to bits of it in the clues (as explained on 15²). In the end I left 22ac unfilled and came here for the answer. If forced, I’d have put in ROBIN but I couldn’t see why.

  2. batarde said

    A dashed good effort which went down nicely – Nina and all. I do wish that Hob would rein in his penchant for the lavatorial just once to prove that he can do it, but that may well be a vain hope. Nothing to complain of other than that, and plenty to enjoy.

  3. Cornick said

    I’ve championed Hob on these pages before now, but found this one a bit of a slog today, unfortunately.
    Nina revealed itself eventually – at one point I thought it was celebration of Prince William passing his helicopter exam ‘He flies’, so disappointed not to see the intricacies of 12a.

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    A struggle, this one. Quite a few going in on a wing and a prayer, as it were, resulting in a not very satisfying experience. I saw the Nina but failed to make the connections to the clues for ROBIN and AIRMAN. Never heard of PERFECTA before, although it was fairly clued and gettable with a few crossers.

  5. sprouthater said

    After a couple days off l was surprised how quickly I got into this but found finishing it a bit of a trial with 12ac, 19ac and 22ac all going in with a hopeful shrug. Of course I didn’t see the Nina or theme.

  6. AndyO said

    Did spot/guess the nina early on which helped – but like others on 15^2 didn’t get the (clever) refs to the top and bottom line of unches in 12, 19 and 22 – only other query was 29 – nice one Hob!

  7. Topsy said

    I have had a case of being too clever for my own good and entirely missed the hidden word in 28a. My solution was Morsiano, anagram of maison and or (rent), a village dating back to 13th century. No wonder I didn’t complete this one!

  8. The trouble with crosswords with long ninas in them, is that they always throw up lots of unknown vocabulary. Didn’t know perfecta or oribi and needed to use google, which I don’t like having to do.

    • Cornick said

      Usually they do, yes, but not necessarily. My feeling is that if the setter wants to indulge him or herself in such things, he or she should be prepared to put the extra work in order to avoid such words.

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