i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2092 by Phi

October 28, 2017

Saturday 21st October 2017

Just 24 clues for a change and the four longer entries near the periphery formed a sort of cultural tour, Phi informs us in the 2013 blog here.

I’m glad there was some discussion on Fifteensquared about 5a (see below). I wrote ‘Interesting, cheeky, nice’ in my margin, which I think expresses how my initial uncertainty gave way to liking the idea. The clue stands comparison with Punk’s theme yesterday – which I loved. In both cases the setter has broken Afrit’s famous injunction ‘You need not mean what you say, but you must say what you mean’ – because the wordplay only accounts for one section of the answer (and no definition either in Punk’s case).  Phi says his clue type should only be essayed once or twice a year, Punk bungs in half a dozen in the same crossword…

As a side note, I completely fail to understand why so many on the other side seemed to think Phi had deliberately led people up the garden path into thinking 11a might be Rhetoric – when the anagram fodder wasn’t there – perplexing!

COD:  5a Film for Keith? (4,4,2,3)

5 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2092 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    I certainly considered rhetoric fleetingly, but it obviously wasn’t going to be that. No idea why anyone would pursue it, let alone write it in. With regard to 5ac, it’s not as if such opportunities can come along very often, and I’m glad that Phi saw his chance and took it: excellent, amusing clue. Such deviations from the rule book are welcome in my opinion: the things which really get my goat are needless archaisms and obscurities which bespeak laziness and should not be seen outside barred puzzles.

    Speaking of which, Jon was absolutely correct about Inquisitor 1512. I’m not surprised, but mildly disgruntled nonetheless.

  2. jonofwales said

    I did write in rhetoric, very lazily, my fault, and only spotted my error when other things wouldn’t fit. Doh!

    Regarding the Inquisitor, it makes a change from being very wide of the mark. 🙂

  3. sprouthater said

    Bit late but was out most of yesterday. I got 5ac but didn’t understand why, it was only when doing yesterday’s puzzle that my eye was drawn to the “Keith” in last weeks solution and realization dawned. It was the “For” that threw me perhaps “About” would have made it easier for me to parse.

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