i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1906 by Phi

March 25, 2017

Saturday 18th March 2017

Another Saturday, another puzzle by Phi, and another Nina – this time TOPAND across the top and BOTTOM, well, across the bottom. Pretty trivial maybe, but it does provide a flurry of excitement when spotted, and a little rush of solutions afterwards aided by the checkers.

Quite a few unfamiliar elements in the wordplay – particular =pet, person = pers, apparently = ap, library = lib, Latin bird = avis and triangular area = gore. Yes they’re all obvious once you’ve got them, but it did slow things up solving wise.

No complaints though, just a regular enjoyable Phi.

COD? I was visiting my son at Uni last weekend, so will go for this one:

16d More skilful student dismissed with tirade? That’s not normal (8)

The Fifteensquared blog from 2012 with all the answers is here.

2 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1906 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    “Fairly quick straightforward solve” is what I wrote in the margin, so that’s what it must have been. (More than I can say for today’s, which had me spitting feathers). 14d was my favourite.

  2. jonofwales said

    Now I wrote down “quite tricky”, but there again I wasn’t on top form so that may be suspect.

    I can sympathise, Cornick. 🙂

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