i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1726 by Phi

August 27, 2016

Saturday 20th August 2012

Over on Fifteensquared (click here) Phi tells us that Salmonella Dub, Midnight Youth, Pitch Black and Circadian Rhythm(s) are all NZ pop groups.  He also says he’d be astonished if anyone got that, which goes to prove that ghost themes are sometimes there for the setter’s amusement (Phi lives in New Zealand) rather than the solvers’.

The blogger back in 2012 was echoed by several commenters all agreeing that this was more difficult than usual for a Phi.  (I didn’t notice that either!)   Apparently the vocabulary was especially abstruse or something.  Was it?  Baryonic took a few crossing letters but the only really fiendish clue I thought was 24d, for which the answer was ‘fish’!

And for my COD I’ll go for 26a:

Hell, what should we do when politicians won’t say yes? (7)

4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1726 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    I thought it was a particularly good one, judging by my scrawled comments in the margin. (It says “hah!” next to the excellent 26ac). As for those bands, we’ll just have to assume they’re for real and not dreamed up by Barry Cryer on “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”.

    Q: Can you tell me the nationality of a resident of Ajaccio?
    A: ‘Course I can.

  2. Rick King said

    Struggled with numismatologist – good clue, just didn’t know the word. Another vote for 26a

  3. jonofwales said

    15 and 18ac certainly gave me a bit of grief, but the rest I seem to remember went in smoothly enough. Thanks everybody for covering the past week, BTW, while I was away. 🙂

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