i Cryptic Crossword 2378 Tyrus

September 21, 2018

Sprouthater’s off sampling the local brews up north leaving me the pleasure of blogging our second prize puzzle reprint of the week. And yes, it’s another good one. Perhaps not as approachable as yesterday’s – more than a few went in on a bit of a wing and a prayer, notably 1d and some of the longer answers where I basically looked at the wordplay and thought – to hell with it. But in they all went, and at the close not only were they all present but correct as well, much to my surprise. First in today was 10ac with a bit of a gift from Tyrus – flashy jewellery invariably equates to bling, leaving little doubt as to the answer with that enumeration. Last in 23ac, which is one where, with all the checking letters, it could be little else, but where I was left floundering for a word with an anagram of “set” among the letters. Weren’t you? Finish time above par for the i, but less than I’d expect to spend on a Saturday reprint.

COD? Lots to like, with 1ac in particular having a number of ticks by it. But as it’s an obvious one once you’ve got the first letter, I’ll go with my other top pick, 16ac – “Bases discourse on a table (11 x 2) (7)”.

To June 2014 which I’m trusting was gale and rain free:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/06/28/independent-saturday-prize-puzzle-8638-tyrus/

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2378 Tyrus”

  1. batarde said

    Excellent puzzle, comfortably the best this week in my opinion, which isn’t much of a surprise given Tyrus’ track record. The more like this the merrier at Batarde Towers.

  2. Topsy said

    It was so obvious that 24 across was Ivanhoe. Note to self, concentrate! As is apparent, I am not particularly good at crosswords but I enjoyed this one!

  3. Cornick said

    What a good week we’ve had!
    LOI was similarly 23a – my excuse being that ‘set’ has 194 different meanings – making it the most overworked word in the English language (thank you the McWhirter twins).

  4. dtw42 said

    Cripes, very different from yesterday for me. I struggled, have JUST finished now, and frankly put in quite a few without the foggiest idea of how the wordplay was supposed to work.
    “TELE” indeed – bah (does ANYBODY in real life spell the short form of television like that, and not “TELLY”?)
    PIT = MATCH? – pff.

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