Prize Cryptic Crossword 2116 by Phi

November 25, 2017

Saturday 18th November 2017

After a couple of stiff challenges, it’s refreshing to be reminded of last Saturday’s puzzle, which was, relatively speaking, a breeze. Maybe Phi ratcheted the difficulty level down a little for the benefit if non-French speakers. Some may have objected to all that ‘Franglais’ (the French words chosen all had a second, English meaning), but then he did write ‘Pardon my French’ across the middle of the grid – that cringe-worthy catchphrase of Pardonia.

I’ve said before that I often start by looking for anagrams – the 4 long clues were all well-advertised as such, so the grid looked half full in a jiffy, and the rest all followed as near write-ins – just the Bogeyman at 11a causing pause for thought at the end. Da Ponte at 17d was new to me, but the wordplay was super-clear.

So all said and done an enjoyable and novel challenge, for which the full blog from 2013 is here.

COD 14d Reduction in forces receiving a lot of criticism – end of warfare? (9)

3 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2116 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    It’s gratifying to find that there’s still some French vocab lodged in the back of my mind, despite it having lain dormant for a long time. Definitely a gentler solving experience than the last couple of puzzles, but just as virtuosic in its own way. 7d is rather nice: an uncommon word here I think, but still in use in America. My on-and-off obsession with virtual three cushion billiards (a highly effective time waster if ever there was one) came in for that one.

  2. jonofwales said

    I wasn’t particularly on top form last week and struggled throughout with this, though that was probably down to extenuating circumstances. Thankfully remembered enough French throughout to not need any references.

  3. sprouthater said

    Despite disliking the use of French in puzzles and feeling pretty disgruntled when I saw the theme it didn’t really present much of a problem. I was out for most of Saturday and intended to finish this off on Sunday however it was all done much too quickly so I had to go out and buy The Observer.

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