i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1469 by Phi

October 31, 2015

Saturday 24th October 2015

Well the bloggers over at Fifteensquared were all suitably flattered at seeing their names dotted around Phi’s puzzle five years ago and loved this. When I saw TWO-HUNDRED and TWENTY-FIVE, I managed to put them together, but assumed it was a nod to the humble grid itself, rather than specifically to that site.  I saw ‘Handel’ and ‘Rightback’ but still didn’t make the connection – for the record there were also mentions for Ali, Manehi, mhl & NMS.

With apologies to ‘Some Like It Hot’:  [angry voice] Some people would say that sort of cliquey self-referencing will only serve to put new setters off! [kind voice] but I say we at idothei owe a profound debt to Fifteensquared and celebrate their moment in the spotlight.

COD: 7d.  Square cards in pack appearing in reverse? (6-4)

Answers, parsing and reaction form Fifteensquared here.

P.S. The new ‘Zygolex’ is a fine introduction to cryptics for the uninitiated – I’m working on my 13-year-old.

3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1469 by Phi”

  1. jonofwales said

    Did I notice the Fifteensquared tribute? No, I did not. Doh. Hard to miss this week’s though. 😀

  2. AndyT said

    It was lost on me, too: a perfectly decent crossword nonetheless.

    The space occupied by Zygolex and the codeword would be better used to accommodate a barred puzzle filched from the Saturday Independent or the IoS in my opinion – as with the staples I fear that’s wishful thinking, however.

  3. dtw42 said

    I didn’t spot the tribute either; agree with AndyT’s suggestion though.
    Insufficient funds to commission a NEW barred puzzle, I assume – presumably Zygolez is cheap then.

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