i Cryptic Crossword 2743 Tyrus

November 22, 2019

If “business” needs certainty, as we have been regularly informed over the last couple of years, how much more do crossword-solvers feel frustrated by a lack of clarity?

Often we have a few question marks in the margin and I for one never feel truly satisfied with my solving experience if these queries are not resolved. In today’s puzzle it was DENIAL that caused the disappointment. I got the answer from an electronic trawl and – eventually – twigged that the definition was Negation; the word-play completely eluded me.

But the real frustration came from strangely wanting to know more about the story behind the nina and the mini ghost-theme. Duncan over on Fifteensquared did a nice imaginative job telling the story, and I found myself drawn in…

I had a few other question marks. I could not work out the word play for TABLOID. I wondered, when solving EN ARRIERE, about how much foreign language answers have a place in a daily cryptic. And how much knowledge of German suburbs does one need; although WEDDING was fairly obvious from the definition and crossing letters?

Clue of the Day? When the day in question is the bicentennial of her birth, it has to be 5d: ” ‘ Love isn’t to be trifled with.’ (Eliot?)” (8)

September 2015: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/09/25/independent-9032-tyrus/


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2743 Tyrus”

  1. jonofwales said

    I thought this was was tougher than yesterday’s offering, though solvable with a little patience. At the close I correctly guessed 26d, and wasn’t sure about the crossing 19ac and 20d, both of which had some pretty obscure / tough wordplay. I’d spotted the Nina though which helped no end… A puzzle that was very satisfying to finish, though I could have done without the latest foreign language excursion.

  2. Jimbo said

    Pretty similar story to yesterday, being mostly impenetrable. Given up at the moment but might come back to this, as my progress so far has felt slightly more rewarding.

  3. wanderlust said

    I was OK with today’s offering and found it a lot more satisfying than yesterday’s struggle and at least the clues were all parsable. Not sure where your head’s at John, but I’m struggling to see how you thought yesterday’s monstrosity – which took several visits and even then resulting in a number of lights “pencilled in” due to uncertainty – was easier.

    • jonofwales said

      I’m never on particularly good form on a Friday, so perhaps I was just slower today. Maybe I should start solving under controlled conditions. 🙂

  4. batarde said

    This felt more accessible than Monk’s to me, too. My knowledge of French behinds isn’t as good as my ability to guess an unfamiliar solution from an anagram, so that needed checking; the German suburb was fine though, thanks to Antony Beevor. The Nina helped at the end when I was pretty confident about 20 and 26 but didn’t consider either to be bombproof. Good puzzle, very much to my taste as is almost always the case with Tyrus.

  5. Cornick said

    I thought this was going to turn out to be an IOS reprint – probably the easiest of the week for me – just goes to show we’re all different!
    I once did a puzzle with CONGRATULATIONS TORUTHIEANDTONY top and bottom, with several themed words; but that was a private affair, which is where I have a feeling such things properly belong. Perhaps I’m being unduly grumpy though, because the Nina did help me finish 26d.
    No QMs apart from the Berlin suburb – although I wasn’t surprised to see the explanation – it had to be really. And I actually really liked 20d, which was a rare double-ticker for me.

    • jonofwales said

      Wasn’t there a recent Times puzzle with a wedding / birthday / something similar message? As they’re few and far between I don’t really mind, though it did make this one a little tricky here and there.

  6. dtw42 said

    Well, I found this easier than yesterday’s – at least I got to within one of the end today (failed at 26dn faced with a long list of possibles and none of them seeming to make any sense) … but still pretty damned chewy and needing quite a bit of help. 19ac went in without understanding; 20dn and 4dn eventually made sense but caused plenty of brow-furrowing first.

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