i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1385 by Phi

July 25, 2015

Saturday 18th July 2015

Smooth clueing with a dash of sparkle; this was Phi at his best, I thought.

David Mitchell’s ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Ghostwritten’ and ‘Black Swan Green’ made for a well concealed theme last Saturday, and how appropriate given that Cloud Atlas, with its hidden themes based around the number 6, has been described by critics as being ‘like a perfect crossword puzzle’.

Despite having read all three, I missed the ‘ghost theme’ entirely, until going to the fifteensquared blog here – where you too can see all the answers and parsing.

My COD goes to 9ac:  Flat, half of which houses semi-humans (9)

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