i Cryptic Crossword 853 Phi

November 9, 2013

Excellent puzzle again from Phi.  I was going along pretty slowly until I got 4d ‘The Invisible Man’ about half way through.  Then, knowing how fond Phi is of a Nina, the words ‘Science’ and ‘Fiction’ in the unchecked squares to left and right were obvious, and with all that extra help the second half of the puzzle flew in.

The original, complete blog is here: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2008/11/06/independent-6883-by-phi/ .  Even if you got all the answers, I’d recommend having a look because the exchange of messages between bloggers and setters in the Responses section is, for anyone who’s keen on these things, fascinating.  Testy’s objections were different to mine however – I liked the use of ‘whisky’ as an anagrind but I objected to using the same phrase ‘heading off’ to mean the same thing twice in the same puzzle.

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