i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2307 by Phi

July 7, 2018

Saturday 30th June 2018

An enjoyable offering from Phi last Saturday – pretty much down the middle of his particular fairway. There was a small theme hinted at by ‘thermal printers’ across the middle of the puzzle; elsewhere were the CMYK printing colours: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK.  Not as hard to spot as some of Phi’s themes, but to be honest I didn’t go looking.  I only encountered one real obscurity whilst solving, the Hindi word ‘mela’ in 14d (ably discussed by Rishi in the comments of the 2014 blog here).  However, upon reading his words now, ‘Kumbh mela’ does indeed ring a bell.

As a lover of word trivia, there can only be one COD for me – 1d, which fell late, was a rare gem:

Almost capable of satisfying such an order? (10)

I wonder if anyone else can add to Pelham Barton’s list in the comments on the other side? Apart from ALMOST, he’s given us CHINTZ and BIOPSY… If we’re allowed to finish with an S then BEGINS and CHIMPS would also qualify, but are there any other 6-letter ‘alphabetic’ words?


6 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2307 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    Yes, the COD is a rare gem indeed and got an approving tick from me, as did 14ac. Really should have picked up on that mini theme, although judging by what I wrote in the margin (“tea break quickie”) I wasn’t in the mood to search for subtleties like that.

    No other examples come to mind without an -s on the end.

  2. jonofwales said

    All good fun, and I did spot lots of colours round the grid. 🙂 If you’re allowed to repeat letters then there are other six letter examples (eg. accent), but otherwise, I can’t think of any.

  3. dtw42 said

    I’ll add “abhors” but it’s tough innit!

    • Cornick said

      Nice one DW. I have a very old notebook with a list of these I once dreamt up, to which I will now add abhors 🙂
      Some 5 letter ones: below, empty, first, ghost… ooh, I’ve just checked and Chambers has ‘ghosty’!

      • dtw42 said

        Courtesy of a Gyles Brandreth book: “bijoux” … and apparently “aegilops” is any of several plants or an abscess in the eye, but you need a bigger dictionary than Chambers for that one.

  4. Cornick said

    Ha! I’ll put that book on my wish list for next Christmas 🙂

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