i Cryptic Crossword 2891 Tees

May 14, 2020

I suspect that today I wouldn’t have been the only solver to need references to hand, as there was a distinctly classical bent to Tees’ offering that played to my weaknesses. That said the wordplay was clear throughout, so it was a matter of – is that really the answer? – or why that definition? – than of random Googling. It’s also the case that that you didn’t need to know who Hilderic was to get 12ac, and even I’d heard of 24ac, though for some reason I was convinced it was one of Shakespeare’s. Oh well.

This is a Thursday reprint, which is usually a sign of something a little trickier, but I finished this in about average time, helped perhaps by the longer answers which compensated nicely for the gaps in my education elsewhere. Thoroughly enjoyable too, continuing what I think everybody has already agreed is a very good week in the i.

COD? Lots to choose from, with my pick going to 13ac – “Appearance of Fish calling for Chips? (9)”.

To February 2016:


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2891 Tees”

  1. saboteur said

    Thoroughly enjoyable, and every clue a delight. Solved in a little over my typical time, but without recourse to any aids other than a biro and my scribbling pad, and with not a single quibble or query. Great fun. Just my sort of crossword.

    The references were all known to me, having been blessed/cursed with that kind of education. That sort of compensates for my poor performance in most of the Zoom quizzes I have participated in recently. They have exposed my lamentable awareness of: popular culture, including an in-depth knowledge of the Harry Potter novels and “celebrities”; quite a lot of science; Americana; football… My worst performances are in the picture-rounds; as a radio-listener I do find that people don’t look like they should.

    My turn to set the questions tomorrow. Anagrams and homophones, I think…

  2. dtw42 said

    My experience largely matches JoW’s.
    My last ones in were 24ac and 18dn.
    21ac got a bit “ouch” when the penny dropped as to why Stonehenge led to GEMO.

    I feel your pain, saboteur – I’ve been drawn into a weekly Zoom quiz and tend to do pretty badly. It’s the sport mainly that scuppers me. And pop music. And the fact that I’m on my own whilst most of the other participants are at least couples. Bizarrely this last week the only round I got full marks on was pictures to identify TV shows from: I got all five despite never having watched any of them. Very odd.

  3. batarde said

    That was passing strange. It felt on the difficult side but I sailed through it, pausing only to add ticks in the margin – very gratifying all round.

    Saboteur: bet you’re mustard at Brain of Britain, though. 🙂 My blind spots are much the same: sport; popular music since 1985, say; celebrities, and television. Norse mythology and Latin verbs don’t tend to come up so much, unfortunately.

  4. Cornick said

    Bit of a weird one. Flew through the top half, crawled through the bottom.
    My Classics knowledge is decidedly patchy, but on the other hand Drama is my specialist subject, so OEDIpus Rex was my favourite today by a margin.

  5. thebargee said

    Managed three quarters, but the SW corner remained largely blank. I could kick myself for not getting 21a, but wouldn’t have got 24a in a month of Sundays.
    Must do better…

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