February 18th, 2020

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Times Quick Cryptic 1551 by Izetti - he’s back!

Some class stuff in here which I found really entertaining. Maybe a stretch for newer solvers (it was for me!).
Solving crosswords is often down to your general knowledge and whether yours is lucky enough to match up with the setter's attempt to outwit you. Mine held up pretty well here against a barrage of long anagrams and I was doing well after 9 minutes with only two to go. However, all things, often, come to an end and the last two, 22ac and 13dn, not only crossed a letter but also crossed me over into that wasteland of helpless staring at blank squares. 22ac was first to fall after my GK picked itself up off the floor and gave a faint nod of approval to confirm the wordplay. 13dn stood defiantly waving its empty squares at me, daring me to place the remaining letters in the least random manner possible. That this proved successful, after 14 minutes, was a complete surprise.

For what they’re worth, here are my meanderings.
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