Prize Cryptic Crossword 2169 by Phi

January 27, 2018

Saturday 20th December 2017

One of Phi’s best in weeks – I had 7 ticks plus 3 double ticks in the margins and just a bit of a pickle at the end on the intersection of Megohm and Sleigh bell which, in common with the blogger over at Fifteensquared here, I initially wanted to be Megoer and Alpine bell. One commenter there questioned the word Planetaria but I would trust Phi on that because he’s an astronomer.

Just pipping 16a and 20a, this week’s award for Clue Of the Day goes to… [drum roll]…

13d A fellow with various uses in secretarial post (10)

Is there a theme or Nina? Given that this is Phi and given that the grid does strongly suggest it, it’s probably worth looking.

The peripheral unches have Sam, Ham, Vam and Yam in, but I fail to see any significance in that… Wait a minute, Google points to Lam Vam Ram Yam Ham Om being ‘the sound of the chakras’, and there’s Om in column 13… and Lam on the diagonal coming from the NE!   Is that it?  Completely far-fetched and un-Phi-like of course but, with no enlightenment from the other channel, it’s the best I can come up with!

2 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2169 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    I gave 16ac an exceedingly rare triple tick, so that must have been my favourite. Can’t remember much else about it because Harribobs turned my brain to mush shortly afterwards. 😉

  2. jonofwales said

    Ah yes, Harribobs…

    But to Phi – this was a little tricky I thought too, though I can see I didn’t really have much of a free run at it, solving in dribs and drabs. I thought PG for lodger was a little obscure for a daily cryptic. Last in was 3d, which needed Google to confirm I wasn’t making it up.

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