i Cryptic Crossword 2705 Quixote

October 9, 2019

The Don unexpectedly in the mid-week slot with an offering that won’t have held up old hands for too long. The usual mix of good, straightforward wordplay, and the odd new word thrown into the mix for good measure (11ac and 13ac spring to mind), but nothing that wasn’t gettable by following the clear instructions. 🙂 An odd looking grid, but for no reason that I can see.

First in the composer, because that’s what I spotted first on the page, last in the fern, finish time half that par for the i.

COD? 1ac – “Thoroughfare that, in short, takes up half of Oxford (4,4)”.

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2705 Quixote”

  1. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I rarely have any problems with a Quixote crossword, and indeed I sailed through the answers, just as I expected. But most unusually, I had a couple of queries: the Scots dialect in POTHOLE , and LADANUM resin, of which I was unaware (not that I am aware of very many resins, you understand). Both were fairly clued and the crossers were helpful, so they proved to be no problem, and googling confirmed both unknowns for me.

    Is ARTIEST an actual word? That is to say, has it ever been used in a real-world sentence outside crosswordland, as distinct from being the purely theoretical superlative of arty?

    Enjoyable and satisfying as Quixote always is.

  2. Cornick said

    Three new words for me today: the aforementioned LADANUM, MINATORy and THOLE.
    COD had to be really, nice one, and did I count 4 biblical references? About par for Quixote.
    Enjoyed it.

  3. dtw42 said

    Agreed with all the above comments – a day off here meant there was nothing stopping me from just ploughing through this at breakfast, so it was done by 7.55; new words plainly clued, bible refs, etc. Yeah, the grid was a tad weird wasn’t it?

  4. batarde said

    My turn for an evening crossword session, not my best time of the day. Abysmal start with nothing above the centre, and then it all filled itself in from the bottom up. Not much to remark upon other than the resin; I did think that 4d was exceedingly well done.

  5. allan_c said

    THOLE wasn’t exactly a new word, but that meaning of it was. LADANUM (not to be confused with laudanum) was also new, and the car marque might not be familiar nowadays – Ladas disappeared from the market several years ago, possibly even before 2015, as they were unable to meet emission regulations.

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