i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2008 by Phi

July 22, 2017

Saturday 15th July 2017

Phi has confounded me for the second week running by giving us a ‘normal’ puzzle again. One unfamiliar term for me – ‘Fit to be tied’ – but once I had all the crossers, then it had to be, really.

Quite a few very good clues in there – fully 11 receiving ticks of admiration in the margin – amongst which, and narrowly pipping  1a to my COD award, was the following:

23a Setbacks when invaded by two attacks of illness (5-5)

And here’s the link to the Fifteensquared website from the spring of 2013, where that unfamiliar expression gets a good deal of attention; it seems to be ‘Canadian adopted from American’ – which is presumably different to being, well, American…

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5 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2008 by Phi”

  1. sprouthater said

    Yes Phi seems to be a tad less challenging of late, still good stuff though. ‘Fit to be tied’ is a phrase that I’ve always known and just assumed was in common usage.

  2. AndyT said

    The phrase was new to me too, and I’m a little unconvinced about 26ac: “Yorkshire grit” does indeed exist as an abrasive, but if we’re taking stone it’s “millstone grit”, surely? Anyway, everything else went down well. Re Phi posing less of a challenge lately, I agree, especially in the light of today’s.

  3. jonofwales said

    Another in a line of easier Phi’s. Mind you that’s about all I can cope with on a Saturday morning, so I’m not complaining. For the most part enjoyable, though I did give 19d a little thumbs down – a pretty obscure answer, with an obscurity in the wordplay too.

  4. Rick King said

    Struggled with Yorkshire Grit myself, otherwise all seemed to go in quite nicely. I’m sure a more challenging Phi is not far away…

  5. dtw42 said

    FWIW, I’d never heard of “fit to be tied”.

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