i Cryptic Crossword 2407 Tees

October 25, 2018

A bit of a tough offering from Tees, especially so I thought in the SE corner. The crossing of an obscure water parsnip and a Spenserian answer (which I’m not sure has any place in a daily cryptic), cheek to cheek with a bit of Greek mythology some might argue was a bit much. Elsewhere we have EA for river which might be fine in the Inquisitor, but not here. My copy has loads of question marks against various clues, but I did get there in the end with a little electronic help. There’s a message if you put together the first letter from each clue. Not that I noticed. 🙂

COD? I must admit that I’m struggling today, but I’ll go with 15ac – “Under ealdorman he sat on original offender (5)”.

To July 2014:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/07/18/independent-8661-tees/

10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2407 Tees”

  1. sprouthater said

    Agree with all the comments the only difference is that I would have picked 11ac as my COD.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Very tough today. I entirely agree with jonofwales about the SE corner, and about EA. Too many question marks about the parsing, and too much need to resort to electronic help for this to be satisfying. I thought at one point I might have to blow the dust off my Shorter Oxford…

  3. batarde said

    Superb in my opinion, although I’ll concede the point about Eddie Spenser. Good clue, mind you. Clearly Tees was pulling out the stops for the occasion, and he managed to engineer a pangram whilst he was at it. Barring miracles this will be my crossword of the week.

  4. Patrici said

    I gave up the will to live!!

  5. Cornick said

    Hmm. Great puzzle…if you’ve got nothing else to do today! Meanwhile I’m finding it hard to credit that this and yesterday’s Commoner both come from the same paper.

  6. Jimbo said

    A game of two halves for me. Relatively easy progress in the top half, a few toughies but enjoyable. The bottom half was a stinker, especially the across clues. Not so much fun.

    Wasn’t helped by writing in ACTOR for 27, which I think is a valid alternative answer?

  7. Topsy said

    I agree, Jimbo. Unfortunately I pressed send before I could say that.

  8. Barrie Cooper said

    I have to agree with all the negative comments above. I once resolved to maintain a “boycott” of Tees’ puzzles; today’s effort just reminds me why.

  9. AndyO said

    Well that was a stinker! A DNF but v enjoyable as well! Always appreciate an excuse to bone up on Greek Myth – thought of the Erinnyes at first but didn’t realise they were also called the answer – apparently after having a ‘moment’. A pangram plus a message in the clueing – my CoD would be 16a for the usual smutty reasons…

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