i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1870 by Phi

February 11, 2017

Saturday 4th February 2017

Everyone over at the 2012 blog on Fifteensquared was happy with this, and why not. For me it seemed a workaday offering from Phi, without very much either to get the blood racing or indeed to comment upon.

But let’s not forget our debt to Phi for his consistently high standard of output over the years – I well remember the first time I ever spotted a Nina was in one of his puzzles an earlyish edition of the i with ‘Ladybird’ and ‘Honeybee’ down the left and right hand columns and with ‘Insect Repellent’ down the centre. I got very excited!

Anyhow, enough of the nostalgia, my Clue of the Day award for this puzzle goes to the geographically neat 11a:

Fire observed back in the mountains (8)

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2 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1870 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    Hear, hear. The Saturday crossword, like Wednesday’s, is something of a given, but they’re both high points of the week. Much appreciated. Agreed about 11ac, which is admirably pithy.

  2. jonofwales said

    Another good, solid puzzle from Phi. About average difficulty, probably?

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