i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2295 by Phi

June 23, 2018

Saturday 16th June 2018

In which I thought the clues had more than the usual brightness and sparkle about them.  So was that just me, influenced by the quirky grid perhaps?  Or maybe Phi himself, having boldly used reflective rather than rotational symmetry, felt peculiarly invigorated?  Well whatever the reason, the clues seemed to me to have a very welcome freshness, and I enjoyed myself.  More than half the clues received ticks in the margin, and my only slight grumbles were at the end with Eblis and Moue, although both were plain enough from the wordplay, thankfully.

My COD nomination goes to the following:

3d South American city, as far as we’re concerned, is wildly colourful (7)

And the 2014 blog is here.

Ah, it seems I need an update.  It turns out there’s a hidden Nina themed around St Valentine’s Day, when the puzzle first appeared.  Duncan, the original blogger didn’t spot it, but writes: ‘Well it didn’t take long before the experienced Nina spotters came along’. To be clear, those two who ‘spotted’ it were Phi himself and Gaufrid, who test solves the puzzles on behalf of the Independent’s editor; so I think we’ll call this another one that Phi has done for his own amusement.


4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2295 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    Okay, as Ninas go that’s rather a good one, and it’s probably reasonable to suppose that one or two people might have spotted it had the publication date been February 14th. Not sure I see the point on 16th June, at all.

    Marginalia: one tick, a “huh” and a “boo”. It is safe to say that I was not especially engaged by this puzzle, then. Phi’s Inquisitor was a different matter however, and that did keep me entertained.

  2. jonofwales said

    Well, of course. 🙂 It perhaps explains some of the slightly odd words in the grid that I needed a dictionary to confirm. Or perhaps not, I haven’t checked… Apart from that, fairly straightforward for Phi, and enjoyable though with question marks dotted here and there.

  3. sprouthater said

    Just found last week’s puzzle that I put down meaning to go back to but forgot about, it was just the obscurities at 8dn and 16ac that remained and a large question mark next to 26ac all the rest were good and and a few had been ticked so I must have enjoyed them. I see one answer is repeated in this week’s puzzle.

    • Cornick said

      Ah yes – well spotted. Same definition (watery) and almost identical wordplay… I didn’t know that was allowed!

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