i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1570 by Phi

February 27, 2016

Saturday 20th February  2016

Straightforward for the most part – workaday by Phi’s high standards.  Just a couple of quibbles amongst the general excellence: ‘as’ in 4d seems to be doing nothing and describing the Hippocratic oath as a ‘medical quantity’ in 7d is decidedly odd.

All the answers and parsing are on the Fifteensquared website here, where quite a few of the commenters seem to have met ‘clowder’ and ‘bireme’ for the first time in this puzzle – everyday banter words down Cornwall way.

Nothing really stands out as an obvious COD, but I’ll go for topical (today) &Lit at 6d:

I can lour sadly over day (4-5)

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4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1570 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    I had quite a few ticks so must have enjoyed myself, but as you say nothing really sticks out for a COD. “Clowder” and “bireme” both got the thumbs up, although in the case of the former it was probably just because it’s such a nice word.

    Phi appears to have been just as perplexed as everyone else about that “quantity”: the solution was obvious so I didn’t chase it up at the time. However, having been enjoined to consult the OED earlier this week, and having nothing better to do on a Saturday morning than poke around in a dictionary on historical principles looking for a definition (which way madness lies, if you ask me), I did indeed have a look at “quantity” but found nothing which answers the case in hand. ‘Tis a mystery.

  2. Lozzie said

    9A CLOWDER was a new one on me also. Remember puzzling briefly over 7D quantity, before deciding solution couldn’t be anything else so no point hesitating. Liked 22A, 24A, finding the puzzle quite straightforward.

  3. sprouthater said

    Had to look up Clowder and same reservations about quantity as others. I doubt that anyone has ever ridden a Mountain Bicycle. I can imagine the expression on the spotty youths face if you asked for one of those in Halfords

  4. jonofwales said

    Phi in a much gentler mood than he’d been for a few weeks. Mountain Bicycle was unfortunate perhaps – correct, possibly, but still…

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