i Cryptic Crossword 2177 Tyrus

January 30, 2018

The first truly testing Tuesday puzzle of 2018 in my opinion – the more so if you only saw the TV programme around which it is themed a couple of times, back in 1980-something. Furious ransacking of dim and distant memories was the order of the day here, and it’s only with the help of RatkojaRiku’s excellent September 2013 Fifteensquared blog entry that I now realise the significance of 19/21. A super puzzle completed without recourse to references (always a good sign … mind you I did check that pigeon in Chambers afterwards), but definitely a stiff challenge.

Reading through the comments on the other side, one gets the feeling that some of the mighty were feeling ever-so-slightly humbled … or should have been. There was a certain grumpiness in the air. I have no complaints anyway, and far too many ticks to try the readers’ patience with a run through of my favourites. My Clue Of The Day, 4d, contains a device described as “outrageous”, which is why I’ve chosen it. “Amusingly cheeky” will do for me.

“Clean break by woman originally reported married (6)”.

3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2177 Tyrus”

  1. jonofwales said

    That was what I think they call a bit of a stiff challenge. I watched the series referenced about once I think early 80’s, so most was wasted on me, and I had to check 18/10. I got there in the end though, alternating between feeling completely exasperated on the one hand and adding multiple ticks beside clues on the other. Quite a few went in without understanding what was really going on. 4d was very nicely done. 🙂

  2. dtw42 said

    oop – JoW’s reply appears while I’m typing mine. Same comments here about difficulty and entering some without really understanding. There were some decidedly non-standard anagram indicators. Afraid I had to resort to a word-finder more than once. Started off expecting some sort of message in those top- and bottom-row letters.

  3. Cornick said

    I’ve never watched the programme at all so, although I’ve heard of Arthur Daley as a synonym for spiv, I didn’t know what show he featured in, nor any of the references and certainly not the lobster expression.
    Finished with a lot of wordfinder help and am still very grumpy at what was for me an unfair challenge.
    Not my week at all so far.

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