i Cryptic Crossword 2168 Tyrus

January 19, 2018

It’s Tyrus, it’s a Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint, so it’s going to be on the tricky side. Lots of nice wordplay to unpick, lots of well disguised definitions, and also unfortunately lots of distractions here which meant I didn’t get a clear run at it. Blame work, one child being off school, and a long week finally coming home to roost (thanks, btw, to sprouthater for covering Wednesday for me). That said I didn’t finish this too far over par for the i. I would have preferred a nice long leisurely Saturday to tackle one of these as ever, but it appears that both Thursday and Friday are destined to be the hard days of the week.

For once I appear to have successfully untangled most of the wordplay, but only because I suspect it was one of those puzzles where you needed to in order to complete. 🙂

There’s a Nina, which I thought there might be when I saw the grid, related to 19ac and football. I don’t follow the game, unfortunately, and memories of the 2012-13 season I suspect have dimmed in most solver’s minds. Bonus points to anyone who did spot it.

COD? 9ac, which I should have got quickly, but didn’t. See above comments regarding my state of mind today. “Old film star’s taking you abroad to Spain – hopefully it might lead to intimacy (4-2,4)”.

To the Autumn of 2013 once more:



3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2168 Tyrus”

  1. AndyT said

    Unexpectedly soft boiled by Tyrus’ usual standards I’d say, but an absorbing puzzle to work through. The Nina means nothing whatsoever to me, alas – the shame of it. Not sure I approve of how 20d works, despite the tittersome surface.

  2. sprouthater said

    Some good clues but two that I really don’t like, 11ac and 23ac. Clues that require a knowledge of people on television are just as bad as football and cricket related clues to me. A meaningless Nina but today is Jenson Button’s birthday, coincidence? I suspect so.

  3. Cornick said

    I know many people think that spotting a Nina is just a bonus and it’s neither here nor there whether you get it or not, but to me it’s part of the puzzle and so it does matter. I failed to spot the Neil Ardley/ Wimbledon Dons/ Great Escape connection, and I now feel like I missed the nub of the whole thing.
    Ninas should be gettable and yes ,I do feel this one was too self-indulgent.

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