Prize Cryptic Crossword 2211 by Phi

March 17, 2018

Posted on behalf of Cornick…

Saturday 10th March 2018

A generally enjoyable puzzle last Saturday – some nice bits of invention, plenty of good solid setting, no Nina or theme, but unfortunately a sprinkling of bits here and there which caused the Cornick lip to curl, to wit: 9d Elderberry wine is red, not white; 4a/8d Intersecting clues which both use ‘about’ to indicate A;  28a Seth Rogen – really? 26a Donut – well, it probably is common enough usage in UK nowadays, but I still don’t like it!

On the positive side I really enjoyed the jiggery-pokery of 13a Nucleus, 23a and 16d had pleasing surfaces and there was my COD which goes to the neatly succinct 27a:  I run up the train (4,5)

All the answers from the puzzle’s first appearance 3½ years ago in the Independent are here.

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3 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2211 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    All the niggles you highlight were duly noted here too. Not quite up to the usual Phi standard, I thought … good job it’s so high, then. Agreed on that COD.

  2. Cornick said

    Thanks for posting JonofWales – problems accessing WordPress from here caused either by snow today or my excessive use of sarcasm yesterday. Normal service next weekend hopefully 🙂

  3. jonofwales said

    I struggled quite badly with last Saturday’s puzzle. But I often seem to with Phi – whether it’s because it’s Phi, or because it’s a Saturday and I’m not on top form, who can tell. One complete guess I seem to have got away with!

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