i Cryptic Crossword 2877 Tees

April 28, 2020

We haven’t seen nearly enough of Tees for my liking just lately, so his return is very welcome. Was it just me, or was this his gentlest puzzle ever? There’s a rather restrained theme, a not especially well known Californian city and a historical personage who doesn’t appear in my biographical encyclopedia, but it was all eminently solvable from the clues alone.

I can’t see anything to complain of at all, not that it’s likely with such a diligent setter, and there’s a good handful of noteworthy clues including 13 and 28ac and 7d – any of which would do nicely for a COD. 10ac wins by a nose:

“Brave daughter giving sportsman hug made advances (10)”

The December 2015 Fifteensquared blog entry was supplied by mc_rapper67, and jolly good it is too. Nice to see a splash of colour.

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2877 Tees”

  1. dtw42 said

    Pfff. The non-thematic stuff was fine, but I struggled to get at that without giving myself an internet-assisted history/geography/literature lesson first. 28ac is (according to Google) only a town not a city (and certainly only about the same size as the town I live in) and the Tavistock referred to in 24 has only one-eighth the population of either; isn’t there a threshold for geographical obscurity in daily crosswords?

    • batarde said

      28ac is indeed officially a city, and it would appear that the worthy burghers are keen to hammer home the point by referring to it as the “City of San Leandro”. Please note well the capital C. Almost as if they had a chip on their shoulder, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Denzo said

    Enjoyable. I particulatly liked 26a, fair definition and two wordplays, especially as I wasn’t too sure of 24d. Some slightly strained definitions (eg 28a) and wordplays (10a, 19a), but never in the same clue. And eased by the occasional softie, 9a,16a. Challenging and fair.

  3. saboteur said

    I enjoyed this one. A bit tough in places, but beautifully -and in places imaginatively – clued, and all eminently solveable. I had to delve deep into my memory to get the themed entries, but they were neatly clued.

    I’m with dtw42 when it comes to SAN LEANDRO. A bit too obscure, really, for a daily cryptic. But I respectfully disagree about Tavistock, which, though indeed small, is surely sufficiently known.

  4. jonofwales said

    Ditto the above on 28ac, but the rest went in with little ado, although I could only find references to the earl of rather than master of… A nice puzzle on a theme I knew (and still know) nothing about.

  5. Cornick said

    The great Araucaria was wont to put small Buckinghamshire villages in his puzzles from time to time, so Tavistock certainly felt fine. San Leandro was very clearly clued, so i didn’t mind that either. Is there a threshold? Probably, but I’d be okay with almost anything clued as a hidden word.
    I suppose ‘The Master of Stair’ suggested its own clue to Tees, hence the rest of the puzzle. Being part Campbell I enjoyed it, but I’m even more Stewart, which leaves me conflicted. Quite a to-do when those two got together somewhere back down the Cornick family tree.

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