i Cryptic Crossword 1489 Tees

November 17, 2015

Wasn’t that good? I’m usually not that keen on long anagrams, but the ones here yielded easily enough, and led quickly to our theme of the day. And a pangram, too, apparently, though I haven’t checked. 14ac and 16d went in without understanding the wordplay, but the checking and definitions were generous enough to leave little doubt.

COD? 11/9 – ‘First to antagonise unionist with it, Treasury seems bent on making 21 (9,8)’.

January 2011 today:



10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1489 Tees”

  1. sprouthater said

    Lots to like here . In 16d I thought bread = the staff of life. Made the same mistake as others with 5d thinking Secretary=pa. Don’t really like clues that use people like Crabb and Unwin.Surely neither are that famous now. I still don’t understand 13a but did think 33 & 34a were first rate clues.

  2. Cornick said

    Enjoyable, challenging and impressive in equal measure.
    And the pangram is indeed there (not that I spotted it of course).

  3. AndyT said

    At first glance this looked like it was going to be a struggle, untangling a mare’s nest of interlocked clues. Turned out to be highly entertaining and not too longwinded, so well done to Tees. By a pangram, do we simply mean that all the letters are represented, or am I supposed to have spotted an intelligible sentence?

    Regarding 13ac, that little French word came up recently I think. It’s what you’ll hear after a good night at l’Opera instead of “encore” – which can mean rather the opposite (as in “not again!”), amusingly enough.

  4. sprouthater said

    Oh yes

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