i Cryptic Crossword 2484 Tyrus

January 24, 2019

A Thursday reprint, so it’s going to be on the tough side? That was the general opinion over on Fifteensquared, though I didn’t think it was as tough as that. Which is to say I got lucky with the longer answers, lobbing them in on definition and enumeration alone, and generally did the same with a lot of the answers elsewhere. 12ac, 13d and 20d in particular went in with little clue what was supposed to be going on. I did come a cropper at the close on 3d where I resorted to a word finder despite seeing the SCH bit, but don’t tell anybody.

Was it enjoyable? Oh yes it was, throughout, with the few unknowns and difficult bits of wordplay offset by lots of gimmes elsewhere. Very much my sort of puzzle.

I was convinced a Nina or something clever was going to appear in the top and bottom rows, but it appears not.

COD? With lots to appreciate, 19ac – “British wanted Blair (not Cook) to be answerable in court (2,5)”.

To September 2014:


12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2484 Tyrus”

  1. Michael said

    I can see the attraction of your COD, but I’m not convinced the anagram indicator works where it is. (But it was praised on fifteensquared too, so I could be wrong!)

    • Michael said

      Replying to myself like a madman: I’ve changed my mind! I was stupidly reading the indicator as transitive in need of an object. Apologies.
      Carry on!

  2. Barrie Cooper said

    As usual, Tyrus pushes the boundaries of what seems to me to be acceptable. This time I was with him all the way, especially liking 1, 6 and 19, until I came to 16. Using Wenger as an indication of Frenchness is just not on; and the definition is very dubious here too.

    Apart from 16, it’s extremely enjoyable, witty and original.

  3. batarde said

    I’m a happy customer with no complaints at all. Exactly the sort of puzzle I hope for, and which Tyrus almost invariably delivers.

  4. sprouthater said

    Some good anagrams but like Barrie above was unimpressed with 16dn. Too many went in unparsed for my liking but I did like the COD and 18dn got a couple of ticks too.

  5. Cornick said

    Ooh look, Enid – Five fifteen-letterers in the same puzzle, you don’t see that every day.
    Tricky that – should have seen Horlicks earlier, and I do have one complaint – Neb. Really?
    Heigh-ho, got there eventually, some goodies in there as we’d expect, and the COD was one of the best anagrams and surface readings I can remember.

  6. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Got there in the end but it was a struggle. Only one quibble, though, and that is to echo Cornick about neb. Far too obscure to count as fair for a mid-week clue. Everything else got a tick from me.

    CotD for me was Trombone, which was clever, funny, fair, and, with the misdirection, very satisfying when I got it.

  7. Topsy said

    I have to agree with Barrie simply because I have no interest in that sport and in my head “Venger” is a german name (I know, I know). Ah well, I sort of enjoyed this one.

  8. I had “book in” for 18d. Well, can “boo” = “wrong”? I suppose not. Again, not a very enjoyable puzzle to me. I’d not heard of the salt, the language, or what surveyors need, let alone the dialect word for a bill.

  9. dtw42 said

    A game of two halves for me. Needed electronic help for a lot on the right-hand side, and harrumphing when finding the apposite answers. Mark me down as one of those not thinking much of the “Wenger” use. Disliked “easy” as an anagram indicator at 14ac too.

  10. allan_c said

    I don’t remember doing this one back in 2014, and found it a real challenge but eventually teased out everything except 16dn, which I had to use a wordfinder for and kicked myself when I saw it.
    Very satisfying overall, though.

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