i Cryptic Crossword 2016 Phi

July 25, 2017

A surprise to see Phi’s name next to the crossword today, but his fondness for themes, Ninas and whatnot makes him a good fit for the Tuesday slot. This puzzle concerns a certain John 22d, but solvers who are not fans will get on perfectly well without noticing it. If that’s you, there were plenty of similarly unenlightened souls over at Fifteensquared back in March 2013, where you’ll find the usual explanations and a note on how this puzzle came about.

A couple of mild obscurities at 1ac and 2d, both of which needed checking although they’re perfectly deducible from the clues. Oh, and a knowledge of the theme did help with 21ac. Otherwise, the usual brew from Phi, familiar from Saturdays, and jolly good stuff it is too. My COD is 10ac:

“Simple singing recalled in surrounds of Russian lake, mostly with this (9)”.

I wonder whether there’s something unusual lurking in the wings for next Saturday?

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2016 Phi”

  1. jonofwales said

    I knew there must be a theme, but I’m afraid it went totally over my head. I’ve heard of Rebus, and briefly considered buying one of the books, but that’s about it. An enjoyable puzzle nevertheless, not overly taxing, but there were a couple of things I checked, and one I was afraid to on a work laptop (21ac).

  2. dtw42 said

    Utterly unaware of the theme. Did fine with about three-quarters of it, then had to resort to a word finder for the last four or five. Didn’t help that I had never heard of the Radiohead song, the Mardi Gras song, the Russian novel, or the card game. 10ac was put in without understanding how it worked.

  3. sprouthater said

    Same as dtw42 regarding theme, songs and novel but I had heard of the card game which we played as a family at Christmas probably about 60 years ago but I can’t say that I’ve heard of it since.

  4. Cornick said

    A few new nuggets in there, but all readily worked out without recourse to aids or reference books this time.
    My problem with the theme is that I don’t enjoy any crime fiction at all – unless you include Shakespeare’s tragedies or stolen cow creamers in P.G Wodehouse – so I was never going to twig it. Didn’t spoil a very enjoyable puzzle though.

  5. Another finisher! Two in a row. New words today included a Russian lake and a Card game…

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