i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1696 by Phi

July 23, 2016

Saturday 16th July 2016

Having praised Phi for his anagrams in my last blog, last Saturday’s puzzle was noteworthy for containing only two tiny partial anagrams (‘wood’ in ‘Goodfellow’ at 3d and ‘the’ in ‘Ethiopia’ at 22a). I have yet to meet a puzzle in the i with none at all, though there is a setter at the Telegraph who does them, I’m told.

Very nice puzzle, all went in pretty smoothly until the last few on the left, like 26a, which needed some crossers to help. The beauty of crosswords, of course, is that you can get such help through a little perseverance, so all highly satisfactory.

Oh, and there was a Nina – Ligeti etudes – in the top and bottom rows apparently – highly inconsequential, but after 10,000 puzzles, it must give Phi a foothold when staring at an empty grid.

COD? I rather liked 14d:

Phi’s very thoughtful about first item in this cryptic (10)

And the full answers, parsing and comments can be found with a click here.

3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1696 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    Just for once the nina jumped out at me, and I even went to the trouble of checking which of the etudes were in the grid – not all that many as it turned out. Yet another high quality, entertaining puzzle from Phi: you’d think that after the first 10,000 inspiration would be wearing a bit thin, but apparently not. I forgot to tick my favourite clues, but glancing over them now 14 and 22 stand out for me.

  2. Rick King said

    A fail for me, all the South East half fell in reasonably quickly but could not get a handle on the purge half. North South divide perhaps?

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