Prize Cryptic Crossword 2151 by Phi

January 6, 2018

Saturday 30th December 2017

Phi was trying to construct a puzzle with as few lights as possible in the puzzle we saw last weekend. Just 22 was, I think, a record when he compiled this one for the Indy back in 2013, although he went on to manage an even more impressive 20 lights in March 2017.

Anyhow the clues were of the usual watertight construction. 5d ‘Double-chinned’ was creative and Phi predictably avoided the obvious anagram for ‘Cinerama’ at 15a. There were also a few new terms for me – Itch mite, Debatable land and Macaroon as a cake rather than a biscuit. That last had a good clue too, but my COD is going to the following:

18d One turning out, not getting first place? Yes and no (6)

Oh, and I wouldn’t recommend the long-winded comments about 6d attached to the original blog here; much better to peruse my overview of Phi’s puzzles from 2017, which I’ll post in a moment, and see how many you can remember.

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2 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2151 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    I remember thinking that the clues looked widely spaced … now I know why. A particularly good puzzle all round in my opinion, with emphatic ticks for 5ac and 4d, and ordinary ones for sundry others.

  2. jonofwales said

    More straightforward than Phi has been of late, perhaps because 9ac was fresh in the memory, though 5ac it must be said certainly wasn’t. I go looking for a theme or Nina, and there isn’t one. Gah.

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