i Cryptic Crossword 2225 Tees

March 27, 2018

A rather jolly puzzle today with a nicely executed theme, which comes a fortnight or so after the annual big event. In my case I simply ignored the gateway clue, solved the majority of the rest in surprisingly short order for Tees, and then closed the gate behind myself, as it were. It should be readily apparent what’s going on whichever way one approaches it, anyway.

1d proved a pitfall for quite a few of the Fifteensquared brigade back in April 2014 even though the alternative anagram is clearly unsuitable as a solution. More haste: less speed. Somebody once defined arrogance as the act of filling in the crossword with a pen, but it does have the happy effect of discouraging that sort of thing. Whatever. Clues of note: 14 and 17 were distinctly sneaky and very much the sort of thing I associate with Tees; 25 was awfully good despite the, ahem, antique definition, and 21ac was snortworthy. My choice for COD is rather simple and perhaps not the most elegant, but it made me smile:

20d: “Transport to hell worker caught by cunning schemes (8)”

3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2225 Tees”

  1. jonofwales said

    After a couple of the hounds had fallen it swiftly became clear what we were looking for, which was fortunate given some of the more obscure bits of wordplay, with 24ac the biggest offender in that department. The phrase was also forthcoming, so all in all quite accessible and enjoyable for Tees.

  2. sprouthater said

    Lots of good stuff here 9,10 and 13 all going straight in and getting ticks and once 1 and 2 down were solved the theme was quite apparent. I wouldn’t have solved 24ac from the cryptic and the only tut was for 23dn

  3. Cornick said

    I put the A, B, A and D of Larboard in very faint biro, but then went over with proper, solid letters once I got the actual answer – which either means I’m a bit arrogant (my wife’s opinion) or I couldn’t find a pencil (mine).
    Thoroughly enjoyable fare, even if the parsing of 17, 24 and 26 all eluded me.

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