As ever, user-friendly clues, and the odd new word learnt, easing us into the working week. I must admit to completly missing the hidden word in 21d.

COD? 3d – ‘Drink joint said to be very small (5)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.

i Cryptic Crossword 912 Phi

January 18, 2014

Saturday 11th January 2014

Anagram City last Saturday with eight in all, including two long ones placed in the key lights of 1ac and 1d.  Personally, whilst loving anagrams in general, I’d say that was overdoing it but hey, it was all still as enjoyable as ever from Phi.

The original blog is complete here: and I’d like to nominate the poetical 9ac as COD:  Recalled river fringed with last bit of verdant water-plant and bordered by palms? = TREE-LINED

i Cryptic Crossword 917 Phi

January 17, 2014

Interesting that the original blogger found this harder than usual, as I thought the opposite. The fastest time I’ve recorded in a while, helped when I spotted VALLEY in the bottom row and guessed likely letters in the top row.

As we have Phi today, wonder who’s got the Saturday slot?

The 2009 blog is complete, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 8ac. ‘What do baby birds do? Tire (4,4).’

As difficult as you’d expect from an old Nestor prize puzzle. Thankfully, I’m a bit of a Hitchhiker’s fan, so 6d presented no problems. Got stuck though on 3d, as did many other solvers back in the day. I see that Gordon Brown is resurrected once more in 17ac.

COD? 4d – ‘Ban on Coe by northern city? They may leave us red-faced (10)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.

i Cryptic Crossword 915 Dac

January 15, 2014

What can you say? Excellent, as always.

The 2008 is complete, and covers the few queries I had, so I’ll just nominate a COD – 16d – ‘Nature file? (8)’.

Half a theme this Tuesday, and lots of very convoluted clues. I got many from the definition and half an understanding of what was going on. Rewarding though, as always, from Morph.

COD? 20d – ‘Where Frenchmen go late in day after knocking back drink (7)’.

The 2008 blog is complete.

As nmsindy said back in 2009, “I found this trickier than usual… RHS much harder than LHS”.

COD? 12ac – ‘In the course of shopping, madam is very angry (7,3)’.

The Fifteeensquared blog is complete.

Last Saturday’s Prize Puzzle, Saturday 4th January 2014

For those of us who do these puzzles every day, it was clear that either Dac had had an identity crisis, or else the i editor had done another misattribution in the title; this was very much a Phi puzzle… Two long answers – ‘Thousand Island Dressing’ and ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ dominated the top and bottom of the grid respectively.  Thanks to my mother-in-law for pointing out that the former equates to the components of ‘m/is/treatment’ – very nice and my COD.

The original blog is complete.

Mmm. A mixture of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Lots of very clever clues, as you expect from Tees, and loads I liked – 4d, 18d, 19d and 26ac amongst them. I thought, though, that both 7/16 and 8d were terrible, both tenuous at best. The fact that they crossed as well did little to help.

Anyway, COD? 18d – ‘Public official – or one experiencing credit crunch! (7)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.

As ever with Punk, there was lots of 17ac needed, with lots of inventive clues.

COD? 21d – ‘1/5r = u (6)’.

The 2009 blog is complete.