Prize Cryptic Crossword 2163 by Phi

January 20, 2018

Saturday 13th December 2017

A mixed bag last week. Several lovely clues which definitely made the overall puzzle a good one, but also some very stretched synonyms, two distinctly bad clues (18a, 20a) which had everybody scratching their heads over at Fifteensquared here, and fully 13 deletions: Ditch, mostly, not initially, heading off, dismissed, removed cap, releasing, curtailed, shortened, most of, unopened, overlooks, avoiding – I told you he used them a lot!

About average difficulty & time for Phi – just ‘Dutch treat’ being a new bit of vocabulary here, although ‘Ami de cour’ will have been unfamiliar to many I suspect – and there was no theme or Nina. I really liked the &Lit all-in-one anagram for Athlete’s foot at 3d, but 8d appealed even more (even if it didn’t really need that QM).  Here it is again:

8d Drug proved fake, after lecturer injected, like some sort of pig? (3-7)




3 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2163 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    Definitely a bit of synonym stretching going on, but the one which annoyed me in particular was 26ac. Just plain wilful if you ask me, that variant spelling of “prise” having been out of use for a good 150 years in this country. Perhaps not in New Zealand? Not one of Phi’s best puzzles, but I still enjoyed it for the most part.

  2. sprouthater said

    Stretchy synonyms and deletions seem to be the norm for Saturday’s. My COD would have been either of the two mentioned but at the other end of the scale grunts of displeasure for 15ac, 26ac and 21dn

  3. jonofwales said

    Just under average difficulty here, but with lots of question marks at the close. I’m glad it wasn’t just me who couldn’t explain one or two.

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