i Cryptic Crossword 3590 by Tees

August 10, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of 5): ☆☆
A short blog today, I’m afraid, as the paper was delivered late and I have to go out; fortunately it did turn up in time to save me struggling with the puzzle online. Is there a way to print from the app other than taking multiple screenshots?
Anyway, this was Tees in one of his easier moods and I was on his wavelength since he appeared (as Neo) in yesterday’s FT so I rattled through this fairly quickly, only 9dn holding me up for a while. A cracking puzzle, with plenty of tricks to keep solvers on their toes. There were so many delights there’s no way to single out a favourite today, so I’ll just direct you to http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/11/25/independent-9710-by-tees/ for all the answers and explanations.

10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3590 by Tees”

  1. Saboteur said

    A bit tougher thantwo-star for me; certainly three, going into four. But a nice and pleasing solve.

    I did know the book of Beaudelaire’s verse (well, the name of it, anyway) but it took quite a few crossers to be in place for me to unscramble the anagram and recognise it. I think it is sufficiently niche to need an indication it is French.

    I loved LEEK. Great clue.

  2. Cornick said

    Agreed. I’d also agree with Hovis on the other side that both SEASONING and ASHEN were outstanding. In common with a few others my LOI LEEK was solved tentatively from crossing letters then confirmed from the wordplay after the event, so to speak.
    Terrific puzzle. Many thanks Tees.
    Now I wonder if Baudelaire’s any good in translation?

  3. dtw42 said

    5* for me; I never really got onto his wavelength, and had to resort to wordfinders after only about 1/3 done.

  4. imsewell said

    I must be missing something. I believe that the definition has to be the first or last part of the clue. I don’t understand the role of ‘seeing’.

    • imsewell said

      Otherwise a great puzzle.

    • Borodin said

      It is normally the case that the definition is either at the beginning or end of the clue – but it can occasionally occur elsewhere in the clue. In this case ‘seeing’ appears to be there to allow the use of ‘keel’ rather than ‘keels’.

      • imsewell said

        Can it? Other than in some provincial cryptics that’s the first time I’ve seen it.

      • Cornick said

        Yes,, but the cryptic grammar must still make sense. Here we’re being told that KEEL over will be equal to seeing LEEK. Sort of works if you squint a bit, and I have seen similar in the i before.

      • imsewell said

        I see what he’s doing now, thanks.

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