i Cryptic Crossword 2622 Tees

July 4, 2019

A Thursday reprint from Tees, so something a little on the tricky side? Well, there are loads of obscure words dotted round the place – and I felt quite smug on getting 17ac from the wordplay – but on the whole I didn’t find this to be particularly hard, coming in just under par for the i (and quicker than I did with yesterday’s Dac). The long answers helped, being fairly obvious, and lots elsewhere were guessable from checking letters and glimpses of the wordplay. Was I the only person, for example, who just found out that they’d been pronouncing 2d incorrectly all along? Thoroughly enjoyable, fair throughout, a good way in other words to ease us towards the end of the working week.

COD? Just because I felt so not-so-quietly pleased with myself on getting it from the wordplay, 17ac – “Soothing pride fills last Henrician wife in charge”.

No prizes for guessing that we’re back to March 2015 once more:


16 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2622 Tees”

  1. Topsy said

    I managed a few without help but just don’t seem to “get” Tees. I have no idea why spearhead equals person with van….. Can anyone please elucidate?

  2. batarde said

    Hmmm … this is the sort of thing which will exasperate many people, I should think. As Jon says it was on the easy side for Tees, but there’s a hefty dose of vocabulary which scarcely exists outside crosswords. Fine if you’ve been at this game for decades, but it’s not going to seduce new solvers. 20ac seemed unconscionable in a daily to me. Yes, I enjoyed it, but this setter can and usually does do better.

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I think this was an unfair crossword. There were far too many unusual (to say the least) words: ETYMA, PAREGORIC, RENIG and NELUMBO. Too much knowledge of the classical world was required: PLUTARCH, HERO AND LEANDER and EUCLID (EAN). That’s a quarter of the answers demanding either specialist knowledge, or a certain kind of education (which I benefited from myself but which can no longer be expected of the generality of solvers these days) or extensive use of electronic aids, etc.

    I enjoyed the challenge myself, and was pleased to get all the answers in, even though I had to use e-help, and could not parse some of them (the “gamekeeper Liz”, notably). But not really a daily cryptic, in my opinion.

    One final quibble: a PAREGORIC may have a soothing effect, but does the word really mean soothing? I think not.

    • batarde said

      The first line of the entry for paregoric in Chambers reads “adj. soothing, lessening pain”. Probably obsolete in modern parlance.

      • Michaelatcobblerscottage said

        Thanks for that. I looked it up on Wikipedia which describes it as a tincture of opium or something like that. Almostcertsinly obsolete for many years.

    • Grodnik said

      In days gone by Tamworth (Staffs) had a business called “The Old Paregoric Shop”, a sort of preBootsian pharmacy. Long gone of course. I have a photo of it but lack the will to post it. Loved this puzzle. Absolutely no complaints.

  4. Cornick said

    I too felt nicely pleased with myself after finishing this one. Pleased I knew Nelumbo – though in truth that’s only because I work with them, pleased to see the parsing in 1a, and pleased to work out my LOI 20a from its tricky wordplay and rather unlikely spelling.
    No complaints at all from me then, I thought it was high quality stuff. Although I am tempted to make a late nomination for COD to 28a ‘Bras lend support to injured turtles’ (10)

  5. dtw42 said

    Me no likey. Spearhead I understood fine; etyma I was happy with. But several others I just couldn’t parse; 17 was wilfully obscure and 20ac just not on at all.

  6. sprouthater said

    Clever chap Tees knowing all those obscure words, just wish he hadn’t inflicted them on me. Completed all but 20ac but too many went in unparsed or were solved with outside assistance.
    Today’s Guardian puzzle was excellent.

  7. Brakewynde said

    A game of two halves, this one. Some pretty obvious stuff if one has the requisite vocabulary, and knowing that men with pink socks row boats! Fair clues mostly, but in some cases obscure such as 13, 17, 20 and 23. Sadly lacking in smooth surfaces, apart from the well-known 22.

  8. Tony said

    I can’t find any reference for ‘renig’ as Irish version of ‘renege’, just ‘common misspelling of renege’. Too many obscurities for my liking. DNF.

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