Prize Cryptic Crossword 2259 by Phi

May 12, 2018

Saturday 5th May 2018

Mostly sound clues, a few very good ones, but also a couple of iffy clues for me – sorry to gripe again!  I didn’t mind ‘addle’ for ‘confused’ – that’s legit, whatever they thought to start with over at Fifteensquared, and I can see that ‘cutting’ for ‘tart’ in 25a is an additional, second definition, but I disliked ‘It’s a blast’ to define ‘Alpenhorn’ in 8ac.  Maybe the intention was to imply ‘It has a blast’, but I still didn’t like it!  Then the wordplay in 22d for butty made me cringe, whilst its definition, ‘partner’, seems very obscure – or is it a mining term that D H Lawrence uses?  It’s been a while…

Anyhow there were lots of clues I did like – Eponym at 10a and Cavern Club at 6d amongst them, but my COD nomination goes to:

15d  Praised in cryptic terms, including male soldiers (9)

And the original blog with all the answers can be accessed by clicking here.

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4 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2259 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    Much the same here – a curate’s egg of a crossword. Once again Phi had me out of sorts with a four letter word, 24d, next to which I wrote “dismal”. Hardly precision cluing, is it? Taradiddle got a “huh?” and butty a “pfft”. There are also some ticks including all the ones Cornick mentions, and I concur with the COD. The alpenhorn amused me actually, but it’s certainly not a blast.

  2. jonofwales said

    A pretty quick solve here without much time to worry about any of the issues noted above. I had a big “surely not” beside addle for confused. Even if it’s grammatically correct, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. 🙂 The rest was an enjoyable Saturday outing. I even liked 22d, perhaps because butty for friend is classic valleys-speak and it tickled me.

  3. sprouthater said

    As Batarde said “a curate’s egg” but that’s what I’ve come to expect from this setter. It was 3dn the “ensemble cast” bit that I didn’t like and I still don’t see where the “Ty” comes from in 22dn.

  4. Cornick said

    Yes -both ‘Pant’ and the ensemble cast bit of 3d both belonged to the ‘addle’ part of the egg, I agree. It amused me that Duncan, our blogger on Fifteensquared, thought of a corps de ballet rather than the more obvious(?) regulars of a soap opera.

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