i Cryptic Crossword 1994 Tees

June 29, 2017

Guess which was one of my last ones in? Yes, the gateway clue, 6d… Which made for a very odd solve – I got the gist of what was going on, and made steady progress throughout, getting many of the linked clues, but just couldn’t seem to get that one until most of the checking letters were in place. I’m often not that fond of this linked / gateway clue sort of thing, but did enjoy this. For once it paid to come from this neck of the woods (17d), though on the other hand I didn’t know the Cornish island, but I’m sure Cornick did. 🙂

COD? With much to like, 24ac – ‘The Cross-Dressers’ Banquet? (2,6)’, solved only after a long – ‘should that V really be there?’ moment of bewilderment.

Back one day in February 2013:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1994 Tees”

  1. dtw42 said

    I, too, saw the cross-referencing clues and sighed; traced my way through them to find the “gateway” as you put it, couldn’t immediately solve it, and braced myself for a hard slog. But similarly, I found that it all fell into place without too much hand-wringing: solving 14dn enabled me to work out what 6dn was on about. Quite entertaining in the end, and a relatively quick solve. (Not as quick as yesterday, but a lot quicker than some of the toughies we’ve had recently.)

  2. AndyT said

    Not at all the slog I was expecting from Tees, and more fun, too. 8d provided a handy gateway to the gateway clue, so the theme helped rather than hindered. Am I the only one who is pleased to see this sort of thing, albeit on an occasional basis?

  3. sprouthater said

    I groaned and expected a slog when when I saw all the linked clues. Didn’t enter very many during the first pass of all the clues but it was solving 14ac/14d that opened the it all up. Really enjoyed it and learnt a few things too (17d)

  4. Cornick said

    Very enjoyable indeed. Often these linked-y type puzzles are a real tussle, but this was, as has been said, easier in the end than it looked like it was going to be.

    Tresco, rather wonderfully is indeed timeless, enchanting and thoroughly recommended if you ever get the chance.
    ‘Ap’ on the other hand was my only question mark… something new learned. 🙂

    • dtw42 said

      Ah, I *did* know that one, and quite liked to see it since it’s less common.
      FYI: “ap” is the source of such surnames as Price (ap Rhys) and Pritchard (ap … well you get the idea of that), I believe.
      (No Welsh ancestry here … that I know of, despite all three of these initials representing very Welsh names)

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