i Cryptic Crossword 2770 Quixote

December 24, 2019

Today’s theme will surprise nobody, so instead of a picture here’s some festive music instead.

It’s been a while since Quixote’s last appearance in the i, but we all know the formula: rock-solid clue writing in the traditional manner and a few peculiar words to liven things up, making for a speedy but satisfying solving experience. As usual with this setter I’m somewhat stumped for a COD, but let’s have one from the little cluster in the NE corner where I finished:

3ac: “Christian supplier of medieval weaponry (8)”

Back precisely four years to Duncan’s Fifteensquared blog.

The other day a gentleman of my acquaintance bade me “Saturnalian blessings”. Clearly word of last year’s Batarde Towers toga party has leaked out. Anyway, it’s a bit of a ticklish business knowing quite what to wish everybody at this time of year, what with seasonal jollifications taking many forms and other people electing to sit it out, so I hope you’ll take the following in the inclusive spirit intended. A Merry Christmas, one and all.

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2770 Quixote”

  1. jonofwales said

    A good choice for the day, fun and breezy, finished in a time Mr Goodliffe would have clocked for a particularly tricky Times puzzle no doubt.

    Merry Christmas one and all, hope you have a good one! And thanks to all our bloggers, past and present, for all your unstinting work!

  2. Cornick said

    Good to see Ravioli cementing it’s place as answer of the year.
    Happy Christmas one and all.
    🎄🕊⭐️

  3. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    What Cornick said! 😀

    Just right for Christmas Eve.

    Merry Christmas to you all! I will be blogging on Friday, although I can’t guarantee it will be before lunch, whenever that is in the days after Christmas. Or that I will be any good…

  4. dtw42 said

    Had this one finished over the breakfast table before 8am.
    26ac was the obligatory new word to learn.

    Merry Christmas everybody. Peace and goodwill.

  5. sprouthater said

    As Mrs Sprouts has everything so well organised that I have very little to do It was a bit disappointing that this was done so quickly.
    Happy Christmas to all.

  6. Topsy said

    And a Happy Christmas to all from Topsy’s Turvy Land. Fish finger butty for me tomorrow, yum!!

    • jonofwales said

      Having spent an hour peeling vegetables, I’m feeling that you’ve got the better part of the bargain!

  7. Topsy said

    And a Happy Christmas to all from Topsy’s Turvy Land. Fish finger butty for me tomorrow, yum!!

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