i Cryptic Crossword 3292 Tees

August 26, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟

The fact that it’s a Thursday, and that it’s Tees, might lead you rightly to assume that we would have something on the testing side today, but no, this is Tees in a more forgiving mood, though still of top-notch quality. The quickest solve so far this week, but also it must be said the most fun, with great wordplay, lots of smiles, and nothing either in the way of controversy. In particular I liked “evidently secular?” at 7d, and the deceiving surface in 9ac which was that smooth that the fact that it was a hidden word totally passed me by until after I’d guessed the answer. In recent years in the Independent Tees seems to have been picking up the IoS spot, which I had considered to be an unusual pick, but based on recent form this seems to be an astute bit of scheduling. But let me know how you got on…

COD? One that was worthy of Dac, 22d – “Obvious poverty traps (5)”.

To June 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3292 Tees”

  1. Cornick said

    Slick work from Tees – I wonder why he’s cranked down the difficulty level so much of late, he used to be one of the hardest setters didn’t he?
    Never mind, all very enjoyable, with the surface tongue twister for 6a/2d TONGUE TWISTER quite outstanding.
    Hiddens are great provided you don’t spot them straight away!

  2. tonnelier said

    I was surprised too. Expecting a bit of a struggle with Tees, but this was possibly my quickest solve this year. Enjoyable nonetheless, especially NOTCH

  3. Saboteur said

    Agreed. Good fun and lots to admire. Loved TONGUE TWISTER.

    Very quick solve, not at all what I’ve come to expect from this setter. All over a bit too soon.

  4. Willow said

    This really was very good indeed – thank you – although I would rate it a little harder than 1* myself. For example, NOTCH is a solution which needed more than just a bit of lateral thinking. I very much appreciated the elegance of the great majority of surface readings as well.

  5. thebargee said

    Missed yesterday’s puzzle so was hoping for a bit of a workout today, but never mind, although done and dusted in no time at all it was an enjoyable bit of fun.
    Loved TONGUE TWISTER, MINT and NOTCH. Couldn’t parse AFRO though, I just didn’t twig the sense of FRO.

  6. dtw42 said

    Yup. one star difficulty here – both this and the 5-clue polished off during breakfast.

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