i Cryptic Crossword 2108 Tyrus

November 9, 2017

It’s a Thursday reprint, and it’s one by Tyrus, so it’s going to be a little on the tricky side. That said, I found this a lot more accessible than some Thursday reprints, with the long clues to the left and right of the grid nice and friendly and gettable. There were one or two I didn’t understand while solving, and some definite issues at the close in the SE corner, at least until 20d fell. 21ac was a bit of a lucky guess based on the “dead” bit of the wordplay, and a what-else-can-it-be shot in the dark. Finish time most definitely over par for the i.

Lots of ticks along the way, and a fair few smiles too – I especially like the definition in the aforementioned 20d. COD though goes to 4d – “Chelsea, besides dropping Torres, disciplined some players (9)”. The definition will leap out to most seasoned solvers, but it’s still very nicely done.

To June 2013:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2013/06/27/independent-8331-tyrus/

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3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2108 Tyrus”

  1. AndyT said

    Very satisfying and quite difficult enough for me, thank you. There were some cracking clues today: all jolly impressive and one of the best puzzles to come along lately. I think 28ac was my favourite.

  2. sprouthater said

    An awful lot of this was solved by identifying the synonym then trying to work out how it fitted with the cryptic, sort of reverse solving, which was mostly successful just 1ac and 21ac that I didn’t understand. Liked the connection between 20dn and 8dn these two being my joint favourites.

  3. Cornick said

    Call me elitist if you will, but TOWIE star is about as good an example of an oxymoron as I can think of.
    Brilliant puzzle, peppered with wit and invention. Not one for beginners, but very enjoyable once you’ve done a few hundreds of the things – and even then it still took me three sittings and a trip here to discover the parsing of 3d and 21a.

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