i Cryptic Crossword 3332 Tees

October 12, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟

Rather unusually, I believe, Tees offers up our Tuesday themed puzzle, this week being on the subject of 10 4. Now, I’ve given this a three star rating for difficulty, but I suspect that if you were familiar with the subject matter then you may have found this quite a bit easier, in particular 21/16/23 and the author’s name. As it was I fell between the two camps, and didn’t really struggle throughout, recording a steady but not spectacularly fast time. Outside of the themed entries, most would have been familiar to solvers – 27ac as a Doctor Who villain, of course, and 18ac more usually as part of wordplay. To the NW corner we had the less-familiar “scratched message” crossing with the completely unfamiliar 9ac, but the latter was as fairly clued as you would like and something of a write-in here.

Overall as nicely done as expected from Tees, with ticks beside 17d and 6d. COD though goes to 26ac – “Poetic content from Tees is nonsense! (5)”.

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


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3332 Tees”

  1. Grodnik said

    Ah, the waves of nostalgia hit like a tsunami. But where was Mr Quelch? One of the joys of 1950’s b&w tele describing a world I was told, at a very early age, was never for me. Same with the school stories in the “Eagle”. Never mind, State School education did it for me instead, and much more cheaply.
    Finished very quickly, even though it is Tuesday, so I can get on with baking this weeks’ bread.
    Your CoD made me laugh out loud. I do so agree.

  2. tonnelier said

    For me this was a very quick 1* solve, but as you say it would have been a lot harder had I not had very clear, and not vey pleasant memories of the ghastly books, and the even ghastlier televised version with, I think, Gerald Campion in the lead role. You couldn’t get away with writing such stuff these days, thank goodness.

    Still, an enjoyable puzzle, with just 26 inexplicable to me.

    • Grodnik said

      I should be clear that my nostalgia is for the uninformed naïveté that pervaded the forelock-tugging rural working class at the time (at least where I lived). Things were grim, but of course we didn’t realise it, having never experienced anything better.

    • Cornick said

      I’m with the Bargee on this.
      No thank you Tees. Writing puzzles only for the enjoyment of solvers with knowledge of one particular, very dated series of books is not a good idea at all.
      Very frustrating and annoying for all the rest of us and not what cryptic crosswords should be about at all.

  3. dtw42 said

    I did about 26 words of this in double-quick time and then found the last five or so completely impossible.
    Turns out that having confidently bunged in FAT OWL… unparsed didn’t help with this. Still, that didn’t impinge upon DIS, which I just couldn’t see.
    Still, I had an amused “ha!” against both 12 and 26.

  4. Saboteur said

    I’m another who put Fat Owl in, thus making the SW quadrant as impossible as the parsing of the word-play, until a rethink was forced on me by guessing TIDY SUM, once I had the crossing S and M.

    This did seem rather dated, and may have flummoxed Our Younger Solver. Thankfully, the books and television series haven’t stood the test of time, and I doubt that many people only a little younger than me would know anything of this theme. Likewise Nigel Dempster, once apparently ubiquitous, but now largely forgotten. I suppose the Ted Heath ought to be sufficiently well known.

  5. Willow said

    Another very enjoyable puzzle – many thanks – although you did have to know a bit about the theme. Nevertheless, there were many really excellent clues, and I thought 21/16/23 was outstanding.

    I only ever read one of the books – Billy Bunter and The Secret Enemy. There were three salient features for me: firstly, £5.00 was clearly a very great sum of money in those days; secondly, there was a lot of cricket, many of the team members being described as “A Good Man;” and, thirdly, when Mr Quelch was addressing the boys, he kept talking about “Your Headmaster.” The Head seemed to be rather a remote figure.

  6. thebargee said

    Well I’m definitely out of step with the rest of you today. I did manage to fill in most of the top half (although not particularly enjoyably), but shortly after discarded the paper in frustration, never having watched the tv series or read any of the books.
    The owl of the remove? Not in a million years would I have got that one. No, not one for me I’m afraid.

  7. mcameron12 said

    Never having heard of the theme I did not get very far.. still, there’s always tomorrow!

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