i Cryptic Crossword 2575 Tees

May 10, 2019

A puzzle where nearly all the solutions to the across clues would be at home in a general knowledge quiz. This of course is not a problem if you have access to and don’t mind using Google which I needed to check 11, 18 and 23, although with the latter the cryptic is excellent, but I can’t find any reference to worms just nymphs. The remainder were all well clued so as to be gettable with just the parsing of 22 and the solution at 6 causing any problem. Both of these seem to me to be much too obscure. The down clues are more what we expect as long as you can remember who Mrs Bowes-Lyon was. I’m not quite sure how the answer fits the clue at 16 but it works cryptically and the original blogger has missed it out so it must be me. My LOI was 1dn and I must say I don’t like it. It’s a DD and I don’t think it works properly for either definition.  Grid watchers will have noted the large amount of black squares.

Although there are a couple of grumbles I enjoyed this with 13dn and the COD 25ac being my favourites

Prefer a 5 in 4 (6)

The Original blog by Twencelas where he has provide Wikipedia links for the across clues and Tees makes an appearance can be found by clicking this link http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/02/07/independent-crossword-8829-by-tees-31-01-2015/


18 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2575 Tees”

  1. batarde said

    I found this very much to my taste: absorbing, with an unusually interesting set of solutions. Not too difficult either. My only gripe is with 1d, which seems very weak in such surroundings. 3d needed looking up, but otherwise the trivia retrieval system was working well today.

  2. jonofwales said

    I needed a Google here and there to help me along the way, notably with 18ac, but on the whole this wasn’t too tricky, and enjoyable. Congratulations are in order if you knew the Greek songsmith.

    • batarde said

      A case of working back from the probable answer in my case, as in “oh yeah, wasn’t there a geezer called …”. Being dimly aware of something falls a long way short of knowing it, but it’s often enough for crossword purposes. 🙂

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said


    One of those crosswords I had mixed feelings about. On the positive side, it was a challenging but very rewarding work-out that took me much less time than I thought it would, and for which I needed to resort to google only for checking purposes. And there were some very nice clues, the nominated 25a, for one, and CROSSMAN for another

    However, I had a few too many quibbles to find this truly pleasing. I had no idea how to parse ANACONDA, the Greek poet being too recondite for me, at least. ESCULENT, I believe, should be defined as edible rather than tasty, which is far from the same thing. I too think that nereids are sea-nymphs ( e.g.Thetis) rather than worms. Nematodes?

  4. Barrie Cooper said

    This was at times almost like a tricky general knowledge test, but I enjoyed it a lot, especially 24, 3 and 16. I agree the BIG let-down is the clue to 1D, which just doesn’t work even now it’s been explained.

  5. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Not often I return for another contribution, and despite my reservations about some other clues, but I am baffled by the reactions to 1d. Granted it is a weak clue compared to the others in this crossword, but surely it is a straightforward double definition; sleeping around = untrue, out (of alignment) = untrue? Why is this problematic? Genuine question😕.

  6. Barrie Cooper said

    Thanks, Michael. I hadn’t thought of untrue as out of alignment! Makes sense now

  7. Cornick said

    The ambivalence towards General Knowledge I held in earlier years has nowadays resolved itself into a fondness for doing GK puzzles only as a group activity – a bit like a pub quiz – but a stubborn distaste for doing them solo. So pretty much the opposite of the cryptic experience in other words; disappearing into what passes for my mind palace didn’t help much when it came to Greek poets, that Somersetshire townhouse or marine worms.
    Got there in the end though – LOI was 1d. With hindsight it’s a curiosity as to just why it was quite so unyielding.

  8. Not my kind of puzzle, I’m afraid. I prefer ones that can be done while sitting at a table in the garden, without the need to run off and find reference books and word finders.
    By the way, do you think you need to be of a certain age to know who the diary writer was?

    • sprouthater said

      Yes but I am of that certain age and had completely forgotten about the person in question.

  9. dtw42 said

    I did about half of this smoothly. A quarter with some grind & grumble, and then the last quarter (incl. 6ac, 11ac) with electronic help. Couldn’t parse 22ac. 1dn was my LOI too (didn’t think much of that). Re 18ac – nice anagram, but what the hell kind of anagram indicator is “sources” supposed to be?

  10. allan_c said

    Very much what batarde said, although I didn’t have any issue with 1dn. I completed it in one session with no electronic reference aids needed, but couldn’t parse ANACONDA – I was fixated on the Greek songsmith being a more recent composer such as Theodorakis.
    Chambers has the worm as one definition of ‘nereid’ – from the genus ‘nereis’. Collins just has ‘nereis’ for the worm

  11. Sharky said

    I usually enjoy Tees but this one wasn’t much to my taste. Some good cryptic clues but much of the general knowledge was far beyond me

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