i Cryptic Crossword 1730 Tyrus

August 25, 2016

It could be that I’m uncommonly dense – not a possibility to be lightly dismissed – but my considered opinion is that this puzzle is the toughest we’ve had in a long time. Tyrus seems to have been testing the boundaries in this Saturday prize puzzle from February 2012, and it took a good deal of lateral thinking to finish. No need for the dictionary, however – always a good thing.

Lots of smooth surfaces today, some of which displayed the sort of of cheerful sauciness which always goes down well chez Batarde. 6, for instance, as well as the two admirable long anagrams across the middle. The little ‘uns were notably devious too: I particularly liked 7, 13 and 15 – the latter being remarkably sneaky. Too many ticks to discuss, so on to the COD. No, not 21 (nearly, though), but 16:

“Fellow in court forgetting lines? Very Improbable (3,6)”

For exegesis and discussion, here’s the Fifteensquared blog. Top drawer stuff, Tyrus: bravo.

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3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1730 Tyrus”

  1. Cornick said

    Brilliant stuff from Tyrus loads to love in there.
    Very happy to have finished, even if a couple were done without understanding the wordplay.
    I think we’ve had harder than this before – from Nimrod and Bannsider for example – but not for quite a while. Off-putting for tyros, of course, but it’s surely good to stretch the old hands every now and again.

    • AndyT said

      Of the more or less regular setters I suppose it’s Monk who generally sets the thorniest puzzles at the moment. We seem to be going through a funny patch, with IoS and Saturday crosswords cropping up unexpectedly – the i is always excellent when it comes to delivering a variety of styles and difficulties over the week, but it’s been particularly marked lately. It would indeed be gratifying if they decided to dig up a Bannsider for our entertainment … you never know, might happen.

  2. Cornick said

    Having just read through the comments on the other channel, I’m slightly irritated at their oft repeated ignorance regarding the difference between a homophone – like bow/bough – and a homonym – like set (jelly) and set (telly).
    Sorry, it’s a bugbear of mine.
    And by the way a homograph is when they’re written the same but sound different.

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