i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2062 by Phi

September 23, 2017

Saturday 16th September 2017

A super puzzle from Phi last Saturday which reminded me of the early days of the i, when the paper cost 20p and Phi, along with Virgilius, was my favourite setter.

29/9 meant Tempest character, of course, and we had to discover Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, Ferdinand and Stephano. To shoe-horn a couple of 15-letterers into the grid along with the theme was quite a feat, and I found the whole thing very pleasing indeed.

Some discussion over on Fifteensquared as to whether the Caliban clue is breaking the ‘double duty’ rule. I took ‘imprisoned?’ to be a cryptic direction meaning ‘put in the can’ – a bit like ‘on board’ for put in SS – so with the question mark it was definitely fine in my book.

Also an enigmatic comment from Phi at comment 16 – will we find out today?

COD: 21d Shock with priest leaving, ushering in new dawn (7)

 

 

4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2062 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    Yes, good puzzle: not too taxing but with plenty of nice touches. The Tempest isn’t a play I know very well, but all the various characters came to mind without recourse to the Complete Works, which was rather satisfying.

    I also thought there was a notable absentee. Nothing is explained in this week’s printed crossword (rather a good one, though), but Phi does reveal all if you skip ahead to 17th May 2013 on Fifteensquared. What a damp squib that was. 😉

    • Cornick said

      Thanks for finding that Andy – I think. If ever there was a damp squib, that was it indeed.
      If you live in Cornwall you get a touring production of the Tempest every other year – guaranteed. A play like King John, say, will never, ever be staged. Bit frustrating that!

  2. jonofwales said

    A double quick, enjoyable solve as I remember it. Vaguely knew the names of the characters, so they weren’t a problem, much to my surprise!

  3. Rick King said

    Hi all, back after a break having neglected the crossword recently, a week away gave me a bit of spare time. Was not delighted to see the theme and cracking the gateways did not bring me much more joy…I am not a great Shakespeare expert.
    So the temptation was to hit the Google button, glad I didn’t in the end and satisfying to grind these out from the wordplay. Clever puzzle, thank you Phi and Cornick for the blog

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