i Cryptic Crossword 2694 Tyrus

September 26, 2019

As expected we have something a bit tougher today. Something quite exceedingly tough, in fact, and I must admit that – about halfway through – I’ve thrown in the towel. I did spot our theme having got three of the relevant answers, but it wasn’t enough, and I’m simply not going to have time to look at this any further. This was originally published on a Saturday when solvers will have had the luxury of several days if not a week to mull it over, and the consensus over on the other side is that this was indeed a tough nut to crack. Too much for most solvers on a weekday, I’d suggest. I’d like to say that I’ll be coming back to this later, but I suspect I won’t be. But how did you get on?

No COD, as I haven’t finished!

To July 2015:


Edited to add:

Well, I did have another go, sucker for punishment that I am. I knew about the fish by this point so I can’t claim to have solved unaided, but solve I did. Finish time? Double that par for the i. And with the luxury to sit down and relax moderately rewarding, though I still say this would have been better placed on another day like, oh, a Saturday. 😉

COD, now that I can? Let’s go with 19ac – “Make habitual errors initially as tout – I’m a fool (10)”.

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2694 Tyrus”

  1. Cornick said

    13 down, 15 to go. I’ve stopped.
    May come back to it later, but only one tick so far ( and I’m usually pretty generous) so frankly it’s only doggedness that might bring me back, certainly not enjoyment.

  2. wanderlust said

    That took absolutely ages and two answers – 15 & 22D – eluded me completely so I gave up and visited the blog only to find they were words I know but are so buried in the depths of memory I would still be staring at the clues next week if I hadn’t capitulated. Didn’t do myself any favours by pencilling Alti in for 3D right at the beginning (I always start with the down clues for some reason) Vocabulary was tested as much as reasoning today.

  3. dtw42 said

    At present I’ve got ten filled in (still at work). I might come back to it over dinner tonight, but on the basis of the above comments … I also might just chuck it on the pile and get on with something else.

  4. batarde said

    Gotcha … eventually. I needed the BRB to check 14ac, and still can’t decide whether 20d is brilliant or utterly pants. In view of the gimmick it probably deserves to be indulged, but all the same that level of smartaleckry isn’t going to win many friends. Even as a fan of Tyrus I have to say that this is way too much for a weekday, and it did become a grudge match in the end.

  5. dtw42 said

    Pah. Okay, I did come back to it over dinner, and with the help of Bradfords and sticking in several without understanding the parsing, I got to within four of the end. Came here, followed the link to 15², read the preamble about the perimeter, used that knowledge to add a few givens at the ends of those last four, and was then able to finish. Wouldn’t call that a legit solve though. Nor would I call it much fun. No surprise our old pal tortoise VM’s having a grumble on t’other side.

    • jonofwales said

      Ah yes, the tortoise, apparently missing the Telegraph’s puzzle when they’re still available online for a very reasonable price, as noted in an i editorial many moons ago when the editor last tackled the subject. 🙂

  6. Cornick said

    Automatise? Is that a word? Omertà? Eh?
    Completely flummoxed on those two, otherwise finished, but who is a puzzle like that for exactly. Pah!
    Had a vague suspicion that the fish might be linked to ‘sleepin’ wid da fishes’ and the gangsters but couldn’t get omertà, so I didn’t see dormant.

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