i Cryptic Crossword 2998 Quixote

September 16, 2020

This was the Don’s final appearance in the Independent many moons ago, and possibly in the i too. If so, belated thanks are in order for 1329 entertaining and always quality puzzles.

As expected today’s is the usual collection of starter clues with a couple of unknowns thrown into the mix. Something of a sting in the tail with the latter today, because if you managed to solve the crossing 9d and 18ac without recourse to a dictionary, well done! There’s little to add beyond that, because with Quixote the clues are always scrupulous and fair.

COD? I’ll go with 6d, just because of the slightly unusual construction (the homophone indicator is the answer!) – “Detected, as a group of animals will be here (5)”.

To June 2016 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/06/08/independent-9251-by-quixote/

10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2998 Quixote”

  1. saboteur said

    Yes an enjoyable mix of clues, all neatly clued and with good surface readings, as is usual from Quixote. I needed to check THIRDBOROUGH, which was an unknown, but it was clear what I ought to be checking. SANSCULOTTERIE required the help of Crosswordsolver after a while sttempting to sort out the anagram.

    12a. A BAD LOT: a good deal of nonsense has been written about this Biblical episode, the least damaging being that Lot’s wife was in some way bad. Not so, in my analysis. But how one changes centuries of interpretation I do not know.

  2. Denzo said

    Smooth and fair as always with Quixote, though he always sneaks in at least one you have never heard of. I had to look up 14 and 9; although I knew about the sans-culottes, I would not have got it.
    I don’t recall what crime was perpetrated by Mrs Lot (sabotage, perhaps?😊), but I seem to remember she was turned into a pillar of salt, so she must have done something pretty awful to upset someone in a high place.

  3. Denzo said

    Smooth and fair as always with Quixote, though he always sneaks in at least one you have never heard of. I had to look up 14 and 9; although I knew about the sans-culottes, I would not have got it.
    I don’t recall what crime was perpetrated by Mrs Lot (sabotage, perhaps?😊), but I seem to remember she was turned into a pillar of salt, so she must have done something pretty awful to upset someone in a high place.

    • saboteur said

      Ha ha! Not sabotage! 🙂. The traditional accusation is one of disobedience, echoing that original disobedience of Eve; she looked back (at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah) when ordered not to and was turned into a pillar of salt. A less sexist and stereotypical interpretation (women should be obedient, Mary being the epitome of this) is one of overnostalgically clinging to the past and not embracing the present. See Genesis 18 and 19.

      To say nothing of the wrong-headed interpretations of the sin of Sodom…

  4. batarde said

    Since this might be the last appearance from the Don I shall remain tactfully silent about what I thought of it. Given that Mr Manley is or was the Church Times’ crossword editor, I was a bit taken aback by the slur on Lot and his wife, too. It seems to me that it’s the ill-tempered deity who sees fit to turn someone into a salty stalagmite for glancing over their shoulder who comes out of the story pretty badly.

  5. dtw42 said

    What saboteur said re 9 and 18.
    Being a filthy heathen I can’t comment on the attributes of Lot and his missus beyond being aware of them and their names. Something about a pillar of salt is the extent of my awareness.

  6. thebargee said

    What dtw42 said.

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