i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1936 by Phi

April 29, 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Phi found a novel spin last week, with three clues giving long answers split over two lights. The clues were excellent in all three cases, but I wonder if I was the only one bunging some of them in from definition and enumeration alone.

A bit of a hoo-ha over on Fifteensquared here with regard to 3d. Speaking as a poacher turned gamekeeper (I’ve got one in the Indy this coming Thursday, btw), I can assure you that Eimi is normally an extremely thorough editor, and I think he can be forgiven for not poring over every clue when dealing with a setter as trusted as Phi. Never guessing an error, I entered ‘numeroso’ (presuming it to be an import from the Spanish) then, when the crossers showed it had to be ‘numerous’, I thought ‘Eros’ must have an alternative version ‘Erus’. In the end (and apart from the anachronisms, which I’ve come to enjoy) it turned out to be the first out-and-out mistake in a puzzle I can recall over the last five years or so of doing the i.

As for the other ‘lapse’ that caused a stir back in the day, I actually had 23a ‘Sailor leading rest in’ as a candidate for Clue Of the Day – surely when a fire is properly in, it is indeed ‘ablaze’.

COD: 16d Comic study of religion briefly engaging Head (3,5)


3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1936 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    If memory serves I had all the crossers before getting around to 3d, and therefore wrote it in with a shrug. A mistake undoubtedly, but the solution was clear and what’s the point in making a big deal of it? Note it and move along, say I. 23ac: nope, didn’t like that, but again it could only be one thing really. As for the rest, all as one would expect from Phi, but those long ones were all solved backwards working from the answer to the parsing. Well, I do a lot of that at the best of times so won’t be complaining.

  2. Rick King said

    I got lucky with the long clues so most of this fell in around those, struggled with 23ac but fair enough cluing. I enjoyed it, can’t ask for more than that!

  3. jonofwales said

    I solved this at a gallop and completely failed to notice the mistake until I looked over on the other side. We’ve had to put up with worse of late, what with missing clues, etc. 🙂

    Congratulations on the upcoming puzzle, btw. Looking forward to it.

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