i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2325 by Phi

July 28, 2018

Saturday 21st July 2018

Everything about the grid seemed to point to there being a theme or a Nina last Saturday, but in the original blog here, Phi informs us there wasn’t.  Oh.

Just a pleasant crossword, solved in short order with friends in the sun in Derbyshire.  Enjoyable indeed, even if the general knowledge crossword is the one that really comes into its own for multiple heads being better than one.

Phi was pretty uncontroversial last weekend too – the estimable John reported nothing with which he is uncomfortable, and I’m inclined to agree with him… Well, almost; in 5d we had ‘friend sporting new’ to indicate BU(N)D, so ‘sporting’ was used as a containment indicator, whereas surely it means wearing, so shouldn’t the clue read ‘new sporting friend’ or at least be hyphenated in the same way as ‘man-eating lion’?  Views welcome, I’m likely to be wrong, as no-one mentioned it in 2014.

Clue of the Day?  The art of misdirection was exemplified by the following:

7d Big grey creature, one with power to move suddenly surrounded by worried mahouts (12)


2 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2325 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    It’s not just you, because that “sporting” irritated me too. Also the definition for “rheostat”, which struck me as plain lazy. Ho hum. I did assign the COD a couple of appreciative ticks though.

  2. jonofwales said

    Another one who queried 5d. Overall a little tricky, which I often put down on a Saturday to sheer exhaustion, but it appears not this time. 🙂

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