i Cryptic Crossword 2659 Nestor

August 16, 2019

This Saturday prize puzzle reprint will either impress you with its brilliance or leave you confounded by its complexity. I am in the latter group finding clues like 9ac far too complex and the definition somewhat vague.  My first in was 10ac, but that was only entered by the definition and enumeration – the cryptic was a mystery. Fortunately there were some that were solved as intended which gave some checking letters to have a stab at the rest. Only two answers were marked as obscure – 14dn I hadn’t heard of and 26ac which is so obscure that this is the only puzzle that it appears in according to the Fifteensquared database  where Twencelas does an excellent job of unraveling this puzzle.

So to COD. Well  4dn, 20ac and 22ac were candidates but 27ac gets it

Film with variable cuts, shifting afterthought to prologue? (6)

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2659 Nestor”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    That was tough; and if it hadn’t been raining, and if I wasn’t confined to the house nursing a newly-spayed dog who is feeling very sorry for herself I think I would have given up.

    I finished, after a fashion, insofar as I got all the right letters in the spaces, but I needed so much e-help and had so many queries that it was not what I would call properly solved, and it was a far from satisfying experience.

    A few of my quibbles/queries:

    Can we define STULTIFICATION as “disheartening”? Surely not. LEONTYNE, no doubt famous among regular opera-goers, seems to me to be too niche for a daily cryptic. And having mentioned NICHE, “nice” = “ironically careless”? I don’t think so. In PECULIARITY, surely “unfortunate thing” is the object of pity, not pity itself. Various other things which I struggled with were explained on Fifteensquared, such as the word-play for PSYCHO.

  2. dtw42 said

    Hmm. Well I got about 85% of this done fine (including 9ac and 26ac which were done quite early and happily); then got thoroughly stuck for about the last five or so. Needed electronic assistance to get 8dn, which led to 15ac, which led to 16dn, which led to 19ac. Then I came here to look up 14dn which had me completely stumped.

  3. batarde said

    I’m happy to admit to being an ignoramus when it comes to opera, so 26ac gets a pass because the lady in question might be a household name for all I know. Otherwise absolutely everything is fine by me, and no doubt amply supported by the usual references, this being a Nestor. Quite a difficult crossword requiring much pondering, and on balance my favourite this week.

  4. dtw42 said

    re 6dn … I wonder if a literary philistine might be a POET SCORNER ?

  5. New word of the day: “An American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi…”

  6. jonofwales said

    Yep, that one was on the tough side. I started quickly enough, and filled much of the grid, but then ground to a halt on the last quarter perhaps. Satisfying to complete, and a quality solve.

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