i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2241 by Phi

April 21, 2018

Saturday April 14th 2018

Phi went easy on us last weekend – by his standards that is; although I concede that anyone uninitiated into the cryptic world who chanced upon page 42 and read a sentence like ‘Puritan flattens fish’ could be forgiven for saying ‘Eh? You what?’ or some such.

Lots of anagrams, some long, and no real obscurities in the answers, even if there were a couple of question marks in my margin: I didn’t twig that the American comedy star in 11a was Steve Carell, and I still wonder if ‘Gone for a Burton really means ‘drowned’. Mind you it was all done and dusted in pretty short measure.

For the COD, I’ll concur with one of the commenters over at Fifteensquared (click here) that 8a was pretty neat: Transmits Hardy novel… or someone else’s? (8,6)

5 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2241 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    The recycling of crosswords in the i (vide yesterday’s discussion) doesn’t bother me, because my memory is so atrocious. I have only the dimmest recollection of solving this one, and haven’t a clue what that puritanical fish flattening nonsense is about, not being in the zone. Really I should make notes, but the only one this time is “unkind!” next to 7d – that definitely gave me a smile since Mussorgsky was a sort of Russian Oliver Reed.

  2. jonofwales said

    I was suitably bemused by the cryptic part of 11ac, and old-fashioned for cocktail was obscure to say the least, but the rest was pretty straightforward, especially by Phi’s standards. Is it just the fact that I have to solve in the midst of a raucous dance lesson every Saturday, or is Phi a bit trickier than he used to be?

  3. sprouthater said

    Enjoyed most of this 8ac and 12ac particularly but then 22dn and 11ac stood out as being awful. Phi’s comments about pop culture are interesting of course it’s the solvers fault for not keeping up with what’s on TV in America and not the setters for writing rubish clues.

    • batarde said

      True that – I can only remember one instance when Phi held his hand up when called out on a clue. Usually he reacts like John McEnroe.

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