i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1948 by Phi

May 13, 2017

Saturday 6th May 2017

There was a cat in each line and yes, for once, I spotted it. Which is enough about themes!

Quite tricky in places with unfamiliar wordplay like ‘terms’ to indicate the first & last letter in 3d or ‘transfixed’ as a containment indicator in 26a, so my progress was slow but steady.

There’s a bit of a discussion about definition by example over at Fifteensquared. It’s pretty simple really.  Imagine a quick crossword.  To clue OAK, say, one might have: Tree (3).  However to clue TREE with Oak (4) would seem odd – it’s a definition by example.  A dictionary wouldn’t do that so neither does a setter.  He/she must put ‘Oak, for example (4)’ or some such, or just ‘Oak? (4) – which is deemed to be a bit trickier.  Here endeth the lesson.

COD: 22a Asian native behind Gulf concealing diamonds from old African country (10)


2 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 1948 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    Yes, a bit on the tricky side for a Saturday, I thought, and of course the cats slipped past undetected. All good fun, anyway.

  2. jonofwales said

    Cats, what cats? 🙂 My time was about par for Phi – I had to check I hadn’t made up 5d, but apart from that everything went in fairly smoothly.

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