i Cryptic Crossword 2957 by Tees

July 30, 2020

Agelast, Cabochon, Cumarin, Spikenard and Superordinates. Not part of my everyday vocabulary either, but there they were among the canonical clues like Average and Vacant which probably get clued in much the same way in the Junior Puzzle Compendium.

Despite that range of vocabulary in the answers, plus a bit of Latin and the French for pig being required to work out the wordplay, I nevertheless found this to be a pretty straightforward puzzle, coming in bang on average time for a solve in the i.

The pick for COD wins it by a mile, particularly if you come from a Poldark-obsessed family like mine. Indeed if you type ‘Poldark wedding’ into Google images and scroll down past the TV stars, the couple on the beach are Mrs Cornick & me about 25 years ago.

1a This thread cut by Poldark wife? (9)

And for yet more fun, you can read Tees giving it some in his riposte to a critic on Fifteensquared back in 2016 here.

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2957 by Tees”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yeah, this did require a bit more recondite vocab than the rest of the week so far, but as you say, that didn’t make it too head-scratchy.
    Indeed my last two in were 11ac and then 8dn – not part of the “obscure words” subset.

  2. Grodnik said

    It will be my birthday on Sunday, nearer 80 than 75, but NDY despite the current plague. So the fun puzzle today was a nice present. FOI 1d thanks to “Antiques Roadshow”. Unusual vocabulary; 12ac usually spelled coUmarin in Lensfield Road; 24ac well-known to anyone who has worked in North London; 7d, memories of Sunday school and Mary Magdalene giving JC an expensive chiropodist appointment; 15d the Scottish play for O-level English gives Glamis or Cawdor or both; 18d, never heard of it, had to look it up. LOI 22ac, probably because of the the slightly smutty parsing.
    Best wishes to all
    Stay safe, it’s not over yet.

  3. saboteur said

    Relatively straightforward, I thought, and enjoyable and satisfying.Yes, AGELAST and CUMARIN were obscure, but not at all ungettable from the word-play and crossing letters. I am grateful to Grodnik, to whom happy birthday for Sunday, for reminding me that the Antiques Roadshow was the most likely reason why I knew CABOCHON, as I have never moved in the sort of circles where jewellery like that is likely to be mentioned. Spikenard I too knew from the Gospels. SUPERORDINATES was new, but I decided that if there are subordinates, then logically there must be superordinates.

  4. thebargee said

    Romped through most of today’s puzzle, the wordplay being pretty clear for the words I’d never heard of, but DNF in the end, defeated by 18d. Should’ve looked harder for the answer online.

  5. batarde said

    Very much to my taste, I found this an interesting way to fritter away a bit of time, and rather mild by Tees’ standards. A “contiguous relationship with a dictionary” was desirable but not quite essential today, the clues being so precise, but it was mildly irritating to deduce “cumarin” only for Chambers to refer me to “coumarin”. Chasing variants and getting bumped between headwords are delights best confined to the Inquisitor in my opinion. Everything else was tickety boo as far as I’m concerned, with the mirthless sourpuss being the only other unknown. That one will come in handy.

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