i Cryptic Crossword 2981 Tees

August 27, 2020

A Thursday reprint today from Tees who I often struggle with, but apart from the SE corner I found this to be more straightforward than both the IoS reprints we’ve had this week. Not being sure of the parsing of 22ac or 100% certain that I’d interpreted 18d correctly I suspect were at the root of my problems there. My finish time was still just above par for the i, so I evidently wasn’t held up too long. The long clues at the top and bottom of the grid were a gift to the solver, as was the easy hidden word at 7d which confirmed the already perfectly gettable unknown at 4ac, together with a bit of a crossword staple at 14ac.  Elsewhere it was much the same story until the SE corner where I needed rather unexpectedly to think a little more. 🙂

I have a steady stream of ticks by many of the clues, COD going to 18ac – “Doctor’s bone-setting charge? (8)”.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2981 Tees”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yup; I was done by 8.20, which is reasonable for me. Last in were 20dn and 20ac; which would have been a lot quicker if I’d spotted the *other * pronunciation of “sow” sooner (spent far too long with the piggy pronunciation in mind and failing to see how that related to spread). Quite a few proper names – fore and sur – in this one.

  2. saboteur said

    Good stuff. A nice challenge and rewarding to complete. No quibbles or queries on completion which always adds to the sense of satisfaction.

    Like dtw42, I did note the proper names. I think it was Batarde who opined that the proper place for proper names, at least of living people, is in a general knowledge crossword. I’m not sure if I agree, but it does mean a potentially limited life-span for the puzzle. Already John Prescott seems like a distant memory.

    I loved CLEAVE, with its play on its contrary meanings. Loved the definition for SCARAB. BOWYER made me smile, too.

    Didn’t like the grid though.

  3. thebargee said

    For the third time this week, the top half went in quickly, but things slowed considerably after that. Finished in a respectable time for me though, just the right level of difficulty.
    I loved BOWYER, but CASTRATE made me wince. Also liked SCARAB, reminding me that I had a Scammell Scarab toy as a child (that dates me!).

  4. Cornick said

    Yes , BOWYER and SCARAB were both very good, but my pick for COD would be LEGION which was excellent and if only LEG and ON were different sides of a cricket pitch rather then two names for the same one, would have been brilliant.

  5. dtw42 said

    On the subject of Bowyer, some of you might find this mildly amusing. It’s the name of a road round my way, and you know how sometimes people write their house number and road name on their wheelie bins for easy identification & return? Well somebody in this road has done that, only – like Wolfie Smith – they didn’t plan ahead, so across the front of the bin it says BOWYE. Then when you walk past, you see R on the side. Every time I pass it, I think of David Bowie and my brain says ‘Trashes to Trashes’ or ‘Lady Binning Soul’.

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