i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2014 by Phi

July 29, 2017

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Phi at the top of his game last week, I thought. Nothing particularly hard – I agree with the general sentiment that Phi has been going gentle on us of late – but lots of fine crafting went in to those clues.  It’s no mean feat to create a satisfying 7-word clue for ‘half-lives’, for example, and there were plenty of others where Phi showed how he’s a master of creating smooth clues for tricky looking words.

I’m a sucker for the novelty type of clue so, and despite its having a somewhat implausible surface reading and there also being plenty of strong competition, I’ll plump for the following as my COD:

3d Greek mountain, nineteen letters about height (5)

2013 blog with answers is here.

P.S.  Have just read said blog to discover a Cloud Atlas theme – see the final comment on the other side. Didn’t spot it, it’s quite subtle, but I do remember thinking about it whilst solving 11a (I first met the word Orison via a chapter called ‘The Orison of Omni 451’).  Great book and film.

6 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2014 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    Is Cloud Atlas a book I should seek out, then? My local library service has multiple copies for reading group purposes – something which I’d generally regard as heavy hint to steer well clear. No harm in reserving one …

    As for the puzzle, that was my fastest time for a cryptic crossword in ages, leaving me feeling a little short changed. There’s nothing to find fault with though, and plenty to praise.

    • Cornick said

      Definitely give it a go Andy. I have a memory of it being described as a crossword structured novel, as if that was a genre or sub-genre of some kind, but all I can find on the Wiki page is this from Laura Miller of the New York Times who compared it to the “perfect crossword puzzle,” in that it was challenging to read but still fun.

  2. Rick King said

    I enjoyed this one, I’ll agree 3d as a COD not least because it held me up for a while. Must read up on my Greek mountains…

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