i Cryptic Crossword 3421 Tees

January 25, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

Matters 25ac today? Apparently there is a theme, and as the game of needling poor Pierre over on Fifteensquared regarding his hatred of all things to do with 14/19 seemed to still be going strong, I’m going to assume that’s what it is. All of which means little to us now (and I suspect then either), which doesn’t matter, because this is a decent puzzle enjoyed nonetheless. A few obscurities dotted around, notably in the wordplay for 1ac, and a nice bit of misdirection that I fell for in the wordplay for 1ac, ie “1 Down’s neighbour” kept me on my toes. The font used for the clues also gave brief pause when trying to identify the Shakespearean character, but everything else went in with little ado.

COD? I’ll go with 6d – “See stars with really good ecstasy taken in pub (5,4)”.

All the answers and parsing of the clues can be found in the Fifteensquared blog from September 2017:


7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3421 Tees”

  1. Saboteur said

    I’m not a fan of the sport in question, but that didn’t matter; it was an entertaining crossword with a gettable theme.

    Most of this went in all very readily, but the top left corner was a little more coy in revealing its charms to me. In particular, SEMAPHORE took me a long while, and my last two in were BROCADE and finally BLOOMS, which was obvious when I had the crossing initial B, but which seemed impossible before that.

    I did enjoy NELSON. It took me a while to spot that it was a DD.

  2. Topsy said

    I was rather baffled by 1ac which was off putting but getting 10/9 as my FOI helped enormously because I then realised what the theme was. It was a DNF for me but I enjoyed the ones I managed (apart from 21ac because I don’t like that expression for girls).

  3. dtw42 said

    Pretty trouble-free here; finished by 7.50. In contrast to Saboteur, 1dn was one of my first ones in, but 1ac had me baffled until almost the end (3d, then 1c then 2dn were my last in) – sorry, not a Joycean, obviously. 5dn was indeed a nice trick; I was only taken in momentarily though.

  4. thebargee said

    A late afternoon solve for me. Got there in the end, but I struggled in places, making it a good 3*. Completely unaware of either BLOOM in 1ac, so that went in unparsed. Liked the triple def in 16ac.

  5. Willow said

    Some good clues, but (unlike the blogger on 225) I’m afraid I struggled with trying to picture a rook going to bed, and with some other surface readings

  6. Cornick said

    ‘Went in with little ado’ it most certainly did not. 4* territory for me and a DNF.
    Couldn’t get 1a with all that Molly and Poldy stuff or 4a which was elusive in every sense.
    Ho-hum, at least I liked the Shakespearean clue,

  7. Borodin said

    Hmm. It was Tees in the IoS, Tees in Monday’s Indy, and now a Tees reprint in the i – one mighht be getting a bit ‘teesed’ off. But I found this quite a pleasant solve despite having the same opinion of g**f as Pierre, the original blogger – so I enjoyed 14/19 down.

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