i Cryptic Crossword 2472 Tees

January 10, 2019

Tees is usually one of the i‘s more difficult setters, but today we have a Thursday reprint that is one of the easier (if not easiest) offering this week. OK, 8d and 13d rarely feature in everyday conversation, and I didn’t know 1ac could be spelt like that, but the rest was fairly straightforward with some pretty well flagged definitions. 18ac, 11ac and 14ac in particular were quite generous given the associated enumerations. I didn’t parse 26ac on solving, mostly because I got myself in a mess wondering if Ibsen was about to make another appearance and decided to wait on checking letters, but elsewhere everything went in on entry fully understood or thereabouts.

It’s a pangram, apparently, not that I noticed. Or more to the point, didn’t need to notice as the grid filled quickly enough without having to look for extra clues.

COD? I’ll go with 14ac – “O! Fertile few that may get an impressive erection? (6,5)”.

To the no doubt equally cold days of October 2014:



6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2472 Tees”

  1. Cornick said

    Tees on good form again – really liked that, despite that alternative spelling in 1a.
    Failed to parse 18a properly, which is a shame because it was quite a nifty joke – and especially for anyone like me who has experienced the ongoing infestation of white-footed ants at the Eden Project.

    • dtw42 said

      Yes – I couldn’t parse that one either. Got held up a little in the SW corner but broke through that in the end. Otherwise all dandy. Didn’t notice the pangram.

  2. batarde said

    Very much to my taste; in fact I can’t recall a Tees crossword which wasn’t. Missed the pangram, which sticks out like a sore thumb now you mention it on account of 3d. My favourite today was 18ac.

  3. sprouthater said

    I wouldn’t rate this as the easiest puzzle of the week but it was certainly easier than some from Tees, the six anagrams probably helped although the anagrid for 22ac “supply” was as daft as things being “Anty” in 18ac and I to know of things anty having been set upon by a whole hill of them while camping in the Zambian bush. Missed the pangram but generally enjoyed it even the Spoonerism was good.

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I’m afraid I found this very difficult. I had to put it down after lunch and pick it up again late afternoon to finish it off. Not very satisfying other than of the well-it-didn’t-defeat-me-I-finished-it-in-the-end variety.

    Not very impressed by RICKSHA, which may be technically allowable, but seems to me to be of distinctly dubious fairness. I needed to google ENDOCARP to see whether it had anything to do with fruit, although it was perfectly fairly clued and gettable when the crossers were in.Too many out-of-the-ordinary words for an ordinary midweek crossword: RICKSHA, RACEME, BESTREWN, ENDOCARP and STENTORIAN. One or two would be ok, but five seems unfair.

  5. AndyO said

    Thoroughly enjoyable brain fodder – took a little while but lots of amusing sidetracks and diversions along the way! Guessed probably a pangram after 3d but not an useful assist. Two ticks in my own COD vote for 14a but thought 23d was very smooth indeed!!

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