i Cryptic Crossword 2611 Tyrus

June 21, 2019

Sprouthater’s on his holidays at the moment, so you’re stuck with me for another day.

Fridays are usually busy here, so I was rather hoping we might have had an IoS reprint I could quickly knock off, but as it turns out we have our second Saturday Prize Puzzle of the week. This felt a bit trickier than yesterday’s, and on my first pre-lunch pass through I had very little. A sandwich and a coffee later progress was more rapid, though, so perhaps I just needed sustenance. There were still loads I didn’t follow at the close – the key 6d among them – but the answers went in, with a little tussle at the close in the SE corner with two crossing, four letter, fairly off-beat answers, which was a bit naughty of Tyrus some would say. I’d struggled similarly to the NW already, but guessed the drug a little more quickly. There’s a Nina I should have spotted as I was on the lookout for one after one glance at the grid, which is a pity because it would have helped no end. A nice 6d to add to the ones we already had. Finish time similar to yesterday’s by the close – lesson learnt, don’t try to solve while low on caffeine.

COD? Lots to appreciate as expected from this setter, with my nomination going to 16/22 – “Unsure answer‘s very good, trendy couple in agreement – British 6D (8,5)”.

To March 2015 once more:


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2611 Tyrus”

  1. Cornick said

    Well I got there in the end, and I must say the Nina gag linked to the theme is a lovely bit of gentle political satire in the best tradition of Guardian & Independent crosswords, so nice one Tyrus.
    Good to see 10a updated to reflect the current Premiere League table – clearly someone’s paying closer attention than this time last week!
    Some great clues today, but fully four I couldn’t parse, including the gateway clue 6d. That = yon. Of course; file away for future use.

    • jonofwales said

      I’m afraid I would have missed any updates regarding the league table – I always stop reading the i after the concise crossword. 😉

  2. Topsy said

    Not a fan of this one. On another note, does anyone remember the recent comment on the other side re “Jeremy” fading into obscurity? Hmmmm

    • jonofwales said

      It is often surprising to see what does and what doesn’t remain relevant 4 years on. May standing down as PM will be a blow to crossword setters country wide. We’ll be back to boring old “season” again.

  3. batarde said

    A spot of consternation this a.m. as Mr Pure Evil had sold out of the i meaning that I had to go to the rather disconcerting Mr Lovelyjubbly instead. It was worth running the gauntlet though, because it’s been a while since Tyrus put in an appearance and he always gives exceedingly good value – even if the grid was ‘orrible. I found this a good deal harder than yesterday’s puzzle and going on for perversely convoluted in places, but satisfying to finish. The Nina is indeed a splendid joke … wish I’d spotted it. 😉

  4. dtw42 said

    Christ on a bike, I have JUST struggled over the finish line with this. Really would have given up at least half an hour ago if it weren’t for the comments above about how great it was. Got the 6dn gateway pretty early on but it didn’t help with a lot of those sodding 4-letter words. The nina fell almost at the very end (and therefore was the only thing enabling me to solve 1, 29, 32. 12 went in entirely unparsed on an “oh well suppose it must be” basis. :-/

  5. Brakewynde said

    Yikes, that was tough, not helped by listening to TMS at the same time! I took far too long to parse the gateway clue, even though I’d already got two of the examples. The only new words for me were the table and the cross, so no complaints, except about the cricket…

  6. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    This was the toughest I have come across in ages. I had to put it down on Friday only a quarter solved, after what seemed like hours of ineffective scribbling, with the margins of my paper filled with indecipherable half-formed non-answers. Knowing I had a rare leisuely Sunday ahead of me I decided to keep it until then. As often happens, I made much better progress after a break (rarely 48 hrs, though) and while I hardly whizzed through it, I did make steady if slow progress.

    I am left with great admiration for Tyrus’s superb setting. Although I had to wrestle with nearly every clue, each one turned out to be impeccably constructed, and in the end the only one I could not parse was IRIS.

    Although not one for a beginner, this is a splendid example of setting a very challenging but precisely clued and therefore solvable crossword. Bravo.

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