Quiptic No. 280

I’ve been neglecting the crosswords lately. Been just a bit too busy with other things. So with “Lethal Weapon 2” playing in the background, I decided to tackle this week’s Guardian quiptic crossword before it’s out of date. I’ll get round to doing No. 279 at some point…

Some nice clues (as usual, highlight below to see answer):

  • Sodium smell developing (7)
    (Na)scent
  • Paying too much council tax? (9)
    Overrated… Quite apt given the recent re-jigging of council taxes.
  • German cake lost out to the French number (7)
    Stollen (breakdown: stol(le)-n)
  • Up in arms (7)
    rampant
  • And finally, a classic clue: Decreases the clubs (5)
    Irons
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2 thoughts on “Quiptic No. 280

  1. Hi, just getting up to speed doing the guardian quick crossword and want to learn how to do the cryptic. Just googled the quiptic and found your blog. I was looking for the dummies guide to quiptics!! And the dummies guide to cryptic. Tried looking at the solution for the previous days but it’s not doing it for me.

    Cheers
    Jane

  2. Hi Jane,
    I’m afraid I don’t know of any guide to doing quiptic/cryptic crosswords. The quiptic is a great way of getting into cryptic crosswords.
    Simply put, the clues are a little more obvious. It can be played like a normal definition crossword. eg Sodium = Na (chemical symbol), and smell = scent. Add them together: developing = nascent…
    Many setters refer to history, current events, and the arts, so it pays to be well-read…

    Hope that helps!

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