i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1534 by Phi

January 16, 2016

i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1534 by Phi

Saturday 9th January  2016

In the Fifteensquared blog there’s a comment from Phi

You can read through this web link from idothei

How Paul Dehn the librettist wrote many a tune

And a whimsical ballad called MRS RAVOON

Phi goes on to tell us how, prior to the days of internet memes, fans would take to writing their own final verse to MRS RAVOON – typically a bit more ghoulish than the above.  This obviously tickled Phi and his tribute was the Nina in last week’s puzzle which had Paul Dehn’s name top and bottom plus the original ballad’s final five words: ‘Bloated cadaver of MRS RAVOON!’ , hidden in the grid.

Consistently good clues, COD: 18d Insects nipping hot, large creature (8)

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6 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1534 by Phi”

  1. Rick K said

    Thanks for the blog, I was pleased to finish this one, never thought to look for a theme but it was a good one.

    • Cornick said

      Welcome aboard Rick. Good to see a new name here! Realistically no-one was going to spot that Nina, but it was a good one indeed.

  2. Lozzie said

    I enjoyed this greatly although the hidden message completely escaped me.
    Liked especially 11A (“fancy” indicating an anagram rather than a description of an AlfaRomeo) and 15D STAIR ROD.

    • Cornick said

      11a was joint COD, really (got a double tick, in other words) but missed out by dint of being a trade name. Also liked 15d a lot.

  3. AndyT said

    I remember enjoying this puzzle – now recycled, alas – but of course the Nina passed me by even though I was looking for one. 11ac and 15d stood out for me, too.

  4. jonofwales said

    Phi wins the prize for the most obscure Nina ever. I don’t remember much about it apart from that, so there couldn’t have been anything that contentious.

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