i Cryptic Crossword 2073 Tyrus

September 29, 2017

Tyrus which in the crossword world is usually a synonym for tough appears to have excelled himself with todays offering. I spent a long time looking at a grid where only 7ac, 10ac, 23ac, 5dn and 7dn were solved, it wasn’t that the answers themselves were very obscure, although 2dn and 16dn were new to me and 6dn and 14dn are both terms I was unfamiliar with but the wordplay was devious to the extreme resulting in quite a few being solved from the synonym only with a complete lack of understanding of the cryptic part. I am not alone in finding this extremely difficult and needing electronic help to finish as most of the good folk on Fifteensquared report similar experiences even the redoubtable RatkojaRiku who makes an excellent job of parsing it. You will also find an apology from the setter!

COD  (even though I couldn’t parse it)  4dn  Upset part-timers in uniform told to get lost. (2,3)

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2073 Tyrus”

  1. jonofwales said

    Well, I’ve managed about half in the time I’ve got available, and guess I won’t have time to do much more. Thought this was a bit much for a weekday cryptic, to be honest. Perhaps someone should tell the editor we don’t have Check and Reveal buttons in the paper copy. 🙂

  2. dtw42 said

    ….I’m not following the links to look at the answers (yet); suffice to say it’s half-past one, I have solved TWO clues and given the thing up as a bad job. I’ve found Sunday Times Inquisitors easier to get into :-/

  3. Barrie Cooper said

    I once vowed never to do another Tyrus crossword; not because of their difficulty, but because of the unfair/sloppy/silly clues which they always contain. 2073 is no different – the “go” part of 13 down will not do; the “uniform” part of 4 down likewise.; 11 appears to be silly. I still have 10 unsolved, but am giving up because the trust one has to have in the setter has been destroyed by such poor clueing, in this puzzle as in all the other Tyrus’s I have seen. I am surprised he/she is ever published.

  4. AndyT said

    Well, I finished it unaided by electronic thingummies … eventually. It was excessively difficult for a weekday without doubt, but rather than putting that down to incompetence on the part of the setter, I just think he’s using barred grid rules. Not much of an excuse, mind you: that stuff is for Saturday. The last Tyrus I blogged was a very different affair, quite breezy if memory serves.

  5. Cornick said

    Gave up early.
    With hindsight those clues don’t seem too bad – yet nearly everyone – including me – found the experience an unsatisfactory one, which is a sad thing. Basically I don’t think the solver was helped enough. For example, in 3d we had ‘Mountain climbing restricted needs a relaxing walk’. Apart from the pretty meaningless surface, it should be ‘restricted by’ because PLA is contained, not what does the containing… which throws the solver off unfairly. I could go on.

  6. jonofwales said

    Well, I finally got there, and must say that this evening the puzzle felt a lot less scary, perhaps because I had the time to sit down and give it the consideration it needed. Still think it’s a bit much for a weekday, though. Give Phi his Friday spot back!

  7. Nope. Didn’t even get close…

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