i Cryptic Crossword 2879 Tyrus

April 30, 2020

We often get tough offerings in the Thursday spot, and it must be said that today’s Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint was very tough indeed. With a little help here and there I ended up with a full grid, but must admit that the parsing went totally over my head for a number of the entries, even when I was sure of the answer. That, combined with a number of obscurities (13ac and 6d being chief examples) made for an uncomfortable solve that I was more relieved than pleased to finish. Perhaps an early morning solve in anticipation of a busy day wasn’t the best idea today, or maybe Tyrus will always be one of those setters I never really get to grips with. Finish time twice that par for the i, with a little help from a word search on a couple of answers.

COD? It may have caused much agonising at the time, but I’ll go with 6d – “Modest musician scented shameful U-turn by insiders (10)”.

To January 2016:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/01/23/independent-crossword-9128-by-tyrus-16-01-2016/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2879 Tyrus”

  1. dtw42 said

    Full agreement here.
    Obscurities and non-dictionary phrases like 24ac, convoluted constructions like 12ac, I couldn’t parse 25ac, wrote a rude word in the margin upon parsing 14dn.
    Finished about 11 o’clock … but that’s with generous use of an electronic wordfinder for the whole second half of the puzzle.

  2. saboteur said

    And full agreement from me too.

    Not off to a good start by over-confidently putting “new” in at 15a instead of TAD – a trick, no doubt, that I fell for.

    Finished in well over my usual time, with quite a few not properly understood (e.g. the “Ben” in BENCHWARMER, the “tail it” in HIGHTAIL IT and FAVE). A fair bit of help needed, including some trawling.

    Enjoyable in it’s own way, and it gave me a sense of achievement when I did eventually finish.

  3. batarde said

    Perseverance definitely required today, but I did enjoy the puzzle and eventually managed to understand nearly everything, with the exception of Ben. Still mystified by that. A bit of a stretch, perhaps, but it’s been a while since we’ve had a truly challenging crossword to gnaw at. Agreed on the COD, which raised a smile when the light dawned.

  4. Cornick said

    I really wanted to complete this without recourse to reference books or electronica, and might have made it had I been able to bring the now defunct BEBO to mind.
    A tad too gruelling to be enjoyable for me, unfortunately.
    And what is the word ‘on’ doing in 1ac and 26ac? Either there’s a convention with which I’m unfamiliar, or this is a kind of verbiage which we happily overlook in a quick & casual crossword, but when we’re agonising over multiple possibilities for every word, as today, it surely shouldn’t be there.
    Agreed on COD.

    • Cornick said

      On reflection on ‘on’, I think Tyrus wanted us to put ‘L’ and ‘FA’ on the front of the other wordplay elements. Like ‘about’, ‘on’ has multiple meanings, and in terms of concatenation in my experience has always meant ‘on the end of’ – that is until now!

      • dtw42 said

        Agreed – “on” in charade clues conventionally means “on the end of” for across ones, but “on the top of” for downs.

      • Cornick said

        Yup. I wonder if he flipped his grid at some point and forgot to make the necessary adjustments?

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