i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1594 by Phi

March 26, 2016

Saturday 19th March  2016

Today I shall be wearing black – not necessarily because it’s Easter Saturday, with Jesus off in his cave so to speak (there’s a happy ending coming up I’m told) – but rather because the Indy printed its last paper last night. Ever.

We will presumably still be getting the puzzles from The Independent on line coming through to the i in 4 years time, so maybe a sort of resurrection for us at idothei, but a sad day none the less.

As for last Saturday’s puzzle, we were back to the usual setter Phi – with one of his more challenging offerings, I thought.  Yet another modernist composer, Harrison Birtwistle, made an appearance  – apparently he’s a bit like Messiaen, if you like that sort of thing. And talking of ‘apparently, we had to endure a repeat of ‘ap.’ , which is possibly my least favourite crossword abbreviation, even if it is in Chambers.

Plenty to like though, some real corkers in fact, amongst which were both of the linked pairs on the corners, one of which gets my COD:

7/8d Military’s arranged to issue one? (4,4)

Original blog from 2011 is here.

Ooh, and there’s a fun 20 x 20 prize puzzle in today’s Guardian – double letters theme…

3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1594 by Phi”

  1. Cornick said

    Great news for fans of the Inquisitor puzzle – apparently it’s going to be getting a new slot in the i every Saturday.

    • AndyT said

      It’s an ill wind, but the demise of the printed Independent is a melancholy thing for me since I’ve been reading it off and on since the very first issue. The cartoon across pages 26-27 is a delight, by the way.

      Last week’s puzzle went down a treat, with the exception of that “ap” and the US guy in 6d. I have a goodly collection of ticks, and if forced to choose would go for the other linked pair at 22/23d.

  2. jonofwales said

    ARTEMIS FOWL and SALSA VERDE both gave me pause for thought, but I don’t remember the rest being overly difficult, by Phi’s standards anyway…

    Brilliant news for solvers of the Inquisitor. I have had a look at today’s offering, but can’t see me making much headway with it. 🙂

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