i Cryptic Crossword 2269 Tees

May 17, 2018

Tees is usually tough and some of this I found exceptionally chewy, not all though there were some that stood out as quite easy on the other hand some went in just because they fitted, the ELF in 19/21? 13ac and 25ac.  9ac was new to me but much like 17dn which I’m fairly sure I’ve come across before was solved from the cryptic once a few crossing letters were in. Throw in a few  anagrams where the fodder was well hidden and we have a fairly stiff but enjoyable puzzle. My only real dislikes were the SIS in 16dn and someone that I’ve long forgotten in 28ac.  Quite a few to choose from for COD, the nice misdirection in 14dn deserves a mention and the anagrams at 6dn and 26ac but even though it includes a compilers name

27ac     Males to bed ace i compiler – why no sex?  (8)

The January 2014 blog with comments from the setter is Here


3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2269 Tees”

  1. batarde said

    Well, that was very much to my taste, confirming Tees’ place on my short list of preferred i compilers. All good and no complaints (I liked that SIS, as it happens, but did think that taking numbers in other languages beyond ten was perhaps pushing it). Agreed on the COD, inevitably, not that there was a shortage of worthy runners up. Bravo.

  2. Cornick said

    Stiff but enjoyable indeed.
    I liked the COD too, despite the Dac reference – well, if you’re going to pick any setter…
    And I liked that bit of German in 19a actually, only getting temporarily unstuck in thinking the disreputable knight might have been Kay, then looking for a River Kaystaff – ho-hum.

  3. jonofwales said

    Thanks for covering today! 🙂

    Just got round to this, most definitely on the tricky side. It’s late, but lobbing in ALLUSION for 23ac is unforgivable and as you can imagine caused me no end of problems. The answer for 19/21 was pretty obvious, but German numbers are a little beyond me so I couldn’t parse. Ok, I suppose I could have looked it up. 11ac I dragged up from the depths, but as I’d assumed the river was the TAFF, gave up on the wordplay.

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