i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2271 by Phi

May 26, 2018

Saturday 19th May 2018

Phi is brilliant at coming up with new little ideas to put into his puzzles.  Hopefully it didn’t take you too much to see that there were triple letters sprinkling the grid last Saturday – six times in all. Triple letters within words are pretty much banned in English, of course, although sounds like shhh, zzz and brrr are all legitimate (I’ve only ever seen the last one of those in a crossword).  So instead we had entries made of hyphenated or paired words – like Full-length, Cliff face, that sort of thing.  And now I’m wondering about triple letters internationally… I once learned that the French for created  is créée, but what about elsewhere – Hawaiian perhaps?

Anyhow the clues were a good mix of what we’re used to from Phi – I enjoyed myself.  As often happens though, there was again a little something to keep the critics busy – this time it was the repetition of U for university, inserted as part of the wordplay in both Imb[u]e  and On c[u]e.  Well, maybe it doesn’t really matter, but if an apprentice setter did it, they’d soon be put right!

As to my favourite, I’ll go for the simple but elegant 19d: Subject represented in a large book? (7)

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3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2271 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    I enjoyed this too, and appreciated the novel gimmick. The two universities must have irked me too since they’re circled, but all told it’s another superior puzzle from Phi.

  2. jonofwales said

    Needless to say I missed the triple letters, but then again this didn’t take long at all so I didn’t spend much time looking at the grid. Another good one from Phi.

  3. sprouthater said

    Of course I missed the triple letters but still found it enjoyable.

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