Prize Cryptic Crossword 2205 by Phi

March 10, 2018

Saturday 3rd March 2018

I enjoyed last weekend’s Phi very much indeed. It’s hard to tell how much these things are subjective, but it seemed to have a freshness about it that was Phi at his best.

True, there was a heavy reliance on anagrams and deletions, plus a smattering of those ‘words previously unknown’, but the theme of fairies in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was nice and accessible for a theatre bod like me (although DB will have doubtless hated it!) and the surface readings were beautifully done.

Plenty of options for COD, with many of those 8 anagrams being strong candidates, but I’m plumping for the delicious wordplay in the following:

12d   Apple? Host’s very interested in a piece (8,3)

Cllick here to go back to the balmy days of August 2013 for all the answers and parsings.


4 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2205 by Phi”

  1. DB said

    Is DB me? Fame at last! I did manage to get everything except the red apple one, so I’ll forgive the theme on this occasion.

    • Cornick said

      Shakespeare crops up again today, I see… But once upon a time setters would simply expect you to finish a quotation without cryptic support, so I guess things could be worse. 🙂

  2. jonofwales said

    On the easy side for Phi, enjoyable, and for once a theme even I couldn’t miss. 🙂

  3. batarde said

    Gratified to recall all the fairies without recourse to the Complete Works, despite being shamefully hazy about this particular play. Obviously I was fully expecting the COD trophy to go to 21ac – standards to uphold and all that – but 12d really is a pippin, and a worthy winner. 🙂

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