i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2349 by Phi

August 25, 2018

Saturday 18th August 2018

As a pretty reliable rule of thumb, if there are multiple long entries (5 in this instance) then there is unlikely to also be a Nina or theme – even if it is Phi setting the puzzle – so I didn’t go looking for any hidden shenanigans last weekend, and indeed there weren’t any.

Nevertheless, our regular Saturday setter was on top form – in my margin I had one Ha! (19a), one Ho! (1a), two double ticks and a generous sprinkling of singles.  One of those double tickers was the T Hanks idea at 10a, but having just learned in the Fifteensquared blog that it had already been done elsewhere (well, frankly we can all be pretty sure that Tom did something similar himself when he was a schoolboy), I’d like to award the COD to this commendably succinct anagrammatical &Lit:

5d Dandy vilenesses, possibly (5,6,5)

5 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2349 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    He does seem to be going through a good patch at the moment, doesn’t he? The Hanks clue did feel familiar, although not wearisomely so, making the COD a better choice in my opinion too.

  2. sprouthater said

    Very enjoyable, agree with COD but liked 8ac as well, cant say I really understood how 9dn worked. Didn’t like Coldplay, the clue was good though😁

  3. jonofwales said

    The moral of the story here was to not try solving a puzzle by Phi after:

    1. Packing the car.
    2. Spending a full day in West Wales.
    3. Driving home.
    4. Unpacking again.

    Because it took simply forever. A sensible man would have left it until the next day, but…

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