i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1373 by Phi

July 11, 2015

Saturday 4th July 2015

This puzzle was all nice & gentle for me – the usual good clueing and familiar tricks of the trade – until I hit the final NW corner and pretty much ground to a halt. For the last two, 9ac and 3d I must confess to running out of patience and turning to the fifteensquared answer page here. For shame!  Never mind, I shall tackle him again today without the distraction of Butcombe bitter!

COD probably is one of those two that beat me, 9ac:

Some Irishman to swing bottle at launch? (8)

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