i Cryptic Crossword 1086 by Phi

August 9, 2014

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Phi is master of the Nina, and here he had ‘TREE’ concealed in all the rows bar one – the 15 letter 15across (which did, though have the word ‘theme’ in the clue).  The theme in question was there in   t(h)ree of the down answers – ‘pine’, ‘forest’ and ‘copses’, so the joke, for those who spotted it, was ‘Can’t see the wood for the trees’. 

Anax, in the comments section of the fifteensquared blog here loved all of that.  I just did the crossword and it passed me by completely!

COD?  7d: Skimpy garment – religious fellow in one will conceal nothing (8)

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