i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1618 by Phi

April 23, 2016

Saturday 16th April  2016

There was an abundance of top quality wordplay to delight us in Phi’s clues last Saturday (plus a pangram if you like that sort of thing) my only misgiving was that the definitions were often so straightforward that the wordplay wasn’t really needed – Scottish dish (6), Mexican resort (8), that sort of thing.

A couple of constellations reminded us that Phi is also an astronomer; did anybody else spot the rare bit of ambiguity with Canis Major/ Minor both being possible answers for 8a? Held me up a bit on 5d…

Enough grumbling already, there was loads to like. Amongst my faves were 7a, 12a, 6d and 13d but, like Eileen in the 2011 blog which you can read by clicking here, my COD goes to the following:

9d Whole Aust’s implied here? Yes and no! (3,5,5)

6 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1618 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    9d was certainly the most inventive clue, but I didn’t like it much because of the “Aust” bit. Grumpy me. I seem to remember sailing through this puzzle in jig time, probably on account of all those straightforward definitions.

  2. jonofwales said

    A pretty lightning time for a Phi, a little light relief before the IQ which is occupying much of my time at the moment. 🙂 I spotted the pangram, which seem to be becoming more common these days, we must be getting a couple every week.

  3. Cornick said

    If you’re up for a challenge, Nimrod a.k.a. Elgar has posted an anniversary themed puzzle on Big Dave’s website with some unexpected twists…
    http://crypticcrosswords.net/puzzles/not-the-saturday-prize-puzzles/ntspp-324/

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