i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2038 by Phi

August 26, 2017

Saturday 19th August 2017

If there was a theme here – something to do with Captain Kirk/ the USS Wayfarer & aerospace, or perhaps Jane someone – then I couldn’t spot it. Rather does it seem like this was a grid built around that top rate 15-letterer down the spine of the grid, which is my stand-out choice for COD:

5d Struggle against puzzle’s ingenuity around second hour (5,6,4)

Mind you, there were a few other clues from Phi’s top drawer, plus an interestingly light use of anagrams, so this was all things considered one of my favourite Saturday offerings in a while.

Just a few in the SE corner which held things up at the end until my sister came to the rescue – but she’s the sort to polish off the Inquisitor in a couple of hours, so consulting her feels a lot like cheating.

Update:  Now that I’ve seen the 2013 blog here, it turns out that there is a theme – of Star Trek captains – Way, Archer and possibly one or two more hidden in the unches – not my specialist subject though!

In the comments section Phi opines that ghost themes are the best sort of themed puzzles, and says why.  I agree with him, although I would add that I think they are best when flagged clearly enough for a significant minority to spot them (rather than a minority of one!).


2 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2038 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    I had a vague feeling that there was something Trekkie going on, but lacked the inclination to pursue the matter. Phi’s comment is interesting, coming from the master of the recondite ghost theme. I’m one of those people who has an uneasy suspicion that he’s being a bit thick every Saturday unless I do happen to spot something, but I’ve learned to shrug it off. Agreed on that COD – very nicely done – but 18 and 19 also stood out for me.

  2. jonofwales said

    On the easier side for Phi. I must have watched most of Star Trek over the years, and still managed to miss Captains Kirk, Archer and Janeway.

    Congratulations, BTW, on the latest Independent appearance. If I can get to grips with the Independent web site I’ll print off and solve later this week.

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