i Cryptic Crossword 2210 Tyrus

March 9, 2018

A reprint of a Saturday prize puzzle from Tyrus and yes I found it very tough with a large number being entered without fully understanding why, however I think that is probably more my fault than the setters as in hindsight and with the benefit of the admirable Fifteensquared blog  most clues when picked apart and reassembled seem quite reasonable, 6dn being a prime example of this with only 4dn  still seeming a bit dubious. 15dn presented a not unusual problem, the answer was fairly plain but was it “Your” or “One’s” I choose the wrong one which was only resolved when I eventually  solved 1dn. This was a puzzle that was a bit of a struggle to do but very satisfying to finish, quite a few ticks but my favourite was one of the extremely helpful anagrams

COD 7dn     Wasn’t sad, stupid, weird or unsophisticated (4,3,7)


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2210 Tyrus”

  1. jonofwales said

    Not as tricky as Tyrus can sometimes be, but definitely tougher than the past few days. Enjoyable, even if there were one or two I didn’t fully understand, and one I failed on – 18d. A what? I guessed wrongly we were looking to make some sort of adjust to “dot com”… The definition at 13ac tickled me today.

  2. batarde said

    I thought this was as tough as the proverbial $2 steak. Superb stuff and very clearly crossword of the week for me. Thoroughly chuffed to finish without assistance, and if nobody minds I’d rather like to go and lie down for a while now.

  3. dtw42 said

    Ha, much the same here – toughish, slow going, but enjoyable enough, and – due to having the day off work – I was able to keep coming back to it through the day putting a few more in. Like Batarde, I was pleased upon finishing to have done so without resorting to any wordfinder apps.1dn was last one in for me.

  4. Cornick said

    A bit different here.
    I found it a very quick solve for the first three-quarters – especially the 5 helpful long entries which were pretty much write-ins – but slowed down rapidly near the end with that tricky NE corner and failed completely on Gatsos. Hmm.
    Didn’t like that one or the definition for 4d, but otherwise very enjoyable.

  5. The last two defeated me: 4d Right = user, really? And 18d, a device invented by Maurice Gatsonides.

  6. allan_c said

    Definitely a toughie, only finished with lots of e-help and guesswork.
    Sprouthater – faced with a choice of “one’s” ot “your” the safest bet is always “one’s”.

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