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June 18th, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1376 by Izetti

All bar one went in uncharacteristically fast for an Izetti - in about 8 minutes. That one was 21ac which, with all the checkers had me stumped. I could see a name which fitted but was at a loss as to why it was the answer. With the clock ticking towards 10 minutes I’d come up with nothing else so bunged it in and all was well. I then spent some time doing a crash course in etymology and the Restoration period. That much wiser, here’s how I got on.
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Times Cryptic 27380

I spent 38 minutes on this but failed to finish without reference to aids. The level of difficulty varied from clues that would not be out of place in the QC to a couple that would have been better suited to the Mephisto, so it was a bit of a mixed bag. I'm not averse to spending a lot longer on a puzzle than my target half-hour in order to get it absolutley right but when all but a two or three answers have gone in quite easily and I'm left to come up with words I'm pretty sure I don't know and would only be guessing at, I reckon it's time to give up and reach for the dictionary.

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