i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1445 by Phi

October 3, 2015

Saturday 26th September 2015

Note to self: Next time you finish a Phi puzzle, look at it from his point of view: Is there a challenge to his grid-making somewhere? If there are six interlocking fifteen-letterers, say, then that’ll be it; if there are unches round the outside look for a peripheral Nina; if it just looks like an ordinary grid, does the vocabulary have long phrases which would be challenge to fit into a grid? If the answer is ‘no’ then there might be a hidden theme or Nina within the lights, if there are some ‘weak’ answers like last week’s Nolan, Norma, Moola and Eugenie then there will definitely be… Search for it!

But of course I didn’t…

However, if you go to the fifteensquared site with all the answers here, you’ll see that IanN14 did spot ‘Christopher Nolan’, plus four of his films ‘Memento’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘Inception’ and ‘Batman’.  If you did too – bravo!

COD: 1d: Grape variety identified in Highland Games website? (8)

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4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1445 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    Plain as a pikestaff, wasn’t it? 🙂 I’m awarding myself a tiny crumb of comfort, because at least I was positive that something was going on – perhaps working through your checklist will pay dividends this week. The unusually memorable COD made me chuckle audibly.

  2. allan_c said

    Just to put the record straight, the puzzle was by Phi, not Dac.

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