i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2283 by Phi

June 9, 2018

Saturday 2nd June 2018

Which I tackled whilst waiting to meet the Indy setter Eccles at ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’ – England’s oldest pub, they claim.  Maybe the Nottingham ale put me in a good mood, but I thought this was a splendid puzzle with Phi on top form.  Plenty of clues to savour, and Eccles turned up in time to help me with the last few – ‘Boondocks’ appears in more than one American song, apparently, whilst he also knew ‘Crosspatch’. Useful thing, a large vocabulary.

So quite a few candidates for COD; 5d, 16d and 21d were on the podium, but I liked the surface reading on this one:

8d  Dump a sailor at sea, nothing less, to secure first in contest – this one? (8,3)

No theme or Nina, so I imagine Phi just used the paired entries top & bottom to get him started this time; and for the 2014 blog click here.

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4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2283 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    Beerless and in a grumpy frame of mind I didn’t enjoy this as much as our esteemed blogger, although it was certainly a perfectly serviceable puzzle. Is it appropriate to refer to an active volcano as a mere mountain, by the way? Seems a little disrespectful … although it’s undoubtedly a mount. Hmm. The two clues which caught my eye were 26 and the somewhat unusual 11.

  2. sprouthater said

    My copy has been recycled but I do remember enjoying this puzzle with the only grumble being that it didn’t last very long.

  3. jonofwales said

    I enjoyed a pretty straightforward, breezy solve. Nothing of particular to note, just a good end to the week. Nottingham’s a bit out of the way for you, isn’t it?

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