October 6th, 2020


Times Quick Cryptic 1716 by Oink

This was one of those QC struggles to beat target time which turned out to be successful and satisfying. The clock stopped at 9:24. It felt tricky along the way and any hope of a scorching time like yesterday's was extinguished when that time went past with great chunks of the puzzle not completed. This seemed odd as many clues flew in from the definition but the rest needed chewing through until I was left with 17ac and then 18dn.
Our customary thematic reference is to be found at 15dn.

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