i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2265 by Phi

May 19, 2018

Saturday May 12th 2018

In which we had ‘Corner’, ‘Tight spot’, ‘Angle’ and ‘Bend’ in the knuckles of the four corners.  Nice touch that, though too subtle for anyone to spot without a heavy hint, I suspect.

Good clues in the main, some excellent. Also a couple of strained definitions – ‘following many government workers’ for ‘clerical’ and ‘Copper for coins?’ as a definition by example for ‘Material Cause’ amongst them. Not that they make the puzzle unsolvable when there’s wordplay or crossing letters to help, but I can’t help wishing the setter had tussled with the clues for a bit longer to discover something more satisfying.

All in all an enjoyable solve with plenty of ticks in my margin and a COD nomination going to the following:

1d Oedipus, say, missing most of the benefit of modern finance? (1-7)

And here’s the link to the 2014 blog on Fifteensquared with all the answers.


2 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2265 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    I thought this was something of a return to form, those definitions notwithstanding. Also a little bit tougher than of late. That “inland” in 12ac bothered me – if there’s a coastal German city which is also an anagram of “shark lure” I’d dearly like to know what it is, and if there ain’t, is it fair to include an adjective just for the sake of the surface? I’m glad John found it helpful, anyway.

  2. jonofwales said

    I needed to lookup the German city (yes, why inland?), but the rest was pretty straightforward and thoroughly enjoyable. Phi’s hit a bit of form, or did hit a bit of form back in the day, I thought. Didn’t notice those bits in the corner, needless to say.

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