i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2301 by Phi

June 30, 2018

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Duncan Shiell has written a very comprehensive blog for this puzzle (click here) to which I have little to add, really. Slightly surprised that he couldn’t quite see the parsing for 17a Apron Stage (Gaufrid has it right in the comments), and mighty impressed that he could parse 19a. The solution had to be Pang based on the definition, but the wordplay defeated me until JonofWales put me out of my misery by telling me on Facebook. Thanks Jon.

No Nina, plenty of deletions in the wordplay, a few obscurities for the answers – Godel’s Theorem, Netsuke and Revolving Credit – so nothing much out of the ordinary for Phi then. I made a note in my margin about ‘extroverted’ being used as an anagram indicator in 1a, coming as it did a day after we’d had ‘canned’ used by Anax. They keep you on your toes these setters.

No outstanding candidates for COD really, so I’ll plump for this one:

20d Very into paramour after couple beginning alienation (3,4)

5 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2301 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    No, nothing much to say here either: a handful of clues I liked, a few I didn’t, and that “extroverted”. Anyone want to have a go at convincing me that’s okay?

  2. jonofwales said

    A few unknowns here and there, including the theorem, and the composer (who?) So perhaps a little more difficult than par for Phi, but all perfectly gettable. Extroverted, well, “out-going”, and it did have a question mark. Perhaps a little cheeky, but it makes a change from the usual anagram indicators.

    • batarde said

      “Out-going” would be fine … a bit of a stretch to require the solver to extrapolate it from “extroverted” for the sake of being novel though, isn’t it?

      • jonofwales said

        For me it was one of those clues where I entered the answer, and then thought, so that’s how it’s supposed to work. It’s definitely a stretch, though, admittedly.

      • batarde said

        Same here, and no doubt for most solvers. It’s a very conservative clue otherwise, and a bit of a gimme. With a gimmick. 🙂

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