i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1409 Phi

August 22, 2015

Posted on behalf of Cornick:

A relatively quick solve despite one or two decidedly esoteric answers.
By my calculation this puzzle was 63% made up of anagrams. Now I enjoy finding out that Aniston is an anagram of onanist as much as anyone, but if you put ‘Ottoman Empire, word limit 2’ into a search engine, it gives you ‘troop meantime’ in just under a second. Phi’s clue read ‘Troop meantime routed the Turks etc?’ and I’m left with a feeling that for this (and the clueing overall) he, well, he took it a bit easy.
Or more specifically, he put his creativity into the grid, which was ingenious – an array of paired words, all clued by anagrams of course!

COD: 14d. Composer. I fancy, accommodating start of composition – it affords close scrutiny (10)

Original blog from 2010 is here: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/11/04/independent-7505phi/

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