i Cryptic Crossword 2393 Tees

October 9, 2018

It’s been a mere six weeks since Tees’ last Tuesday appearance (disguised as Hephaestos), and 7ac being my first one in I briefly wondered whether we’d be ploughing the same sort of high-falutin’ furrow. A certain amount of mithering has become the norm from those who do not share my enthusiasm for thematic puzzles, and there’ll probably be some adverse comment on the cross-linking, but it’s unlikely that any complaints will be forthcoming about the theme being highbrow today.

I expect great things of Tees, and whilst this crossword is no disappointment he certainly didn’t present us with as formidable a challenge this time as he has in the past. “Breezy” is le mot juste, I think, with a wide variety of clue types none of which were too fiendish. Even the Spoonerism is decent, as such things go. Entertaining stuff, earning a creditable tally of ticks: particular favourites included 8, 13, 14 and 28. When it comes to the clue of the day 20/19 is sorely tempting given the theme, but the winner simply has to be 18ac:

“Narrow bit of fish? (7,5)”

For Gaufrid’s blog and lots of appreciative commentary, here’s the June 2014 Fifteensquared link.


12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2393 Tees”

  1. jonofwales said

    First sight of the linked clues caused a bit of a groan, but this was pretty easily solvable as it turns out, though with a bit of a slow start. Quite a few I lobbed in on definition, which is a pity, because some like 18ac were really quite clever. I don’t always get on with Tees’ puzzles, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one, so perhaps it’s time for a reassessment,

  2. Topsy said

    Enjoyed that. Certainly was a game of thrones!

  3. sprouthater said

    A bit Bog Standard.
    Sorry I couldn’t that 😁 Enjoyed it despite the theme and cross linked clues.

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    My heart tends to sink when I see a lot of cross -linked clues. However this proved to be rather enjoyable once I had got into it. My break-through was working out the anagram of Water Closet, and after that the other clues fell into place. I had not come across ‘catchy’ as an anagram indicator before, but I suppose it is ok. I had no idea how to parse Rainbow Trout, and would never have got that sort of reverse part-anagram, or however one describes it. I got GoT, despite never having seen an episode…

  5. Wanderlust said

    Bog standard really.

  6. Cornick said

    One of the best, is our Mr Tees, and he certainly lived up to his homophone today.
    Patience required with this sort of cross-linking, mind you, and once again general knowledge features as a significant part of his style.
    All in all a happy customer.

  7. Rosy Hunt said

    Can’t understand 16 down. Otherwise I really enjoyed that.

  8. Jimbo said

    Good fun solve, with some very well hidden anagrams.

    Don’t think I’ve come across T for square before.

    May I venture a missing clue? Difficult trial, bottom on the 7 (7)

    The anagram at 22/10 makes me forgive Tees for crossing 7 and 10.

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