i Cryptic Crossword 2120 Tees

November 23, 2017

I often find Tees to be on the tricky side, and today’s puzzle was certainly that. I made swift progress at the start with a few of the longer clues going straight in. Finishing, though, was another matter, with a couple of unknowns dotted round the grid (and crossed perhaps a little unfairly at 18d and 25ac), and some tricky wordplay. Martial Arts instructors, anyone? It’s been a while since I watched the Karate Kid. This was a Thursday Independent reprint, however, and not quite as unyielding as they can sometimes be.

Enjoyment value overall pretty high, though with a little frustration at the close.

COD? With lots of invention on show, and much to admire, 6ac – “Constant smoker worried about gas inhaled (4)”.

To the summer of 2013:


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2120 Tees”

  1. sprouthater said

    Where it was good it was very good but the more obscure parts needed a lot of checking and it became a bit tiresome.

  2. AndyT said

    I loved this, but unlike Duncan on the other side do not think it really passes the Man on the Clapham Omnibus test. Only 10ac was entirely unfamiliar, but there were a few which needed checking to be sure of them. Coincidentally that chop-socky instructor turned up in yesterday’s Guardian crossword, correctly spelled.

  3. dtw42 said

    What everybody else said. Quickish start and there were a couple I had approving ticks against (1ac, 17ac); but several towards the end needed a wordfinder (mostly down the left-hand side) and I came here after failing on 1dn and 12ac.

  4. Cornick said

    The last time Tees appeared, our friends on Fifteensquared opined that his puzzles were of average difficulty for the Independent. I begged to differ and with today’s offering I rest my case – my first d.n.f in a while.
    In fact the whole SW corner – apart from the totally delightful 17a – was left blank. Annatto? Teleost? Rhino? Shame, because up until then I’d been loving it.

    • AndyT said

      The Paul in today’s Guardian might amuse you, Cornick. It certainly tickled my fancy, and it’s a lot more frothy than this one.

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