i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2379 by Phi

September 29, 2018

Saturday 22nd September 2018

In which there was a ‘YUM’ hidden in the unchecked squares (unches) on each of the four sides and ‘Reluctant Cannibal’ hidden at 11a/ 18d.  Mean anything to you?  Well the latter is the title of this song by Flanders and Swann from 1956, which includes the line “a chorus of yums ran around the table”. Ho!

In fact F & S’s career overlapped with The Beatles and The Stones, but to me they seem to come from another age somehow – even if I do remember ‘I’m a G-nu’ from my childhood and I dare say we all know their song, ‘Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud’. Anyhow, Phi is clearly a fan.

As often happens when there’s a Nina, the difficulty was upped a few notches; I failed to parse 18a, didn’t know ‘bam’ was a hoax in 23a, didn’t know a maul was a hammer in 4d,  and in 10a we can all be forgiven for not seeing how ‘Stock’ defined ‘Grim’ – apparently it was a typo for ‘Stark’.  Why does that only ever happen with Phi?

For my COD, it’s got to be the following which had me trying to do something with Land’s End for longer than I care to admit:

6d. Western point of Cornwall not initially very good (6)

Click here to see the original blog by the 23a John.



4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2379 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    Oh gosh, that’s rather neat. I can quote at some length from the oeuvre of Messrs F & S, but alas that one is unfamiliar. Anyway, a novel and pleasing device, so well done Phi. On the downside, that “grim” went in with an uncomprehending shrug, which happens more often with this setter than anyone else, and I’m still not sure whether 26d was inspired or awful. Sort of par for the course, then. By the way, there appears to be a schoolboy howler in this week’s puzzle too.

  2. DB said

    I managed to solve the whole thing this week, and spotted the four yums, but as usual the nina meant nothing at all to me, dreadful oik that I am. I love crosswords, but this sort of thing is always trying to put me off of them, and one day it will succeed.

  3. jonofwales said

    Missed the hidden yums, needless to say. I struggled throughout, and particularly so in the NW corner… About the rest I can remember little. Oh well.

  4. sprouthater said

    Having lost my original copy I checked the solution in today’s paper and still missed all those yums. Bam cropped up in a Poins puzzle earlier in the year and must have lodged in the grey matter I also knew a maul was a hammer but was at a loss to parse it due to thinking that the Red Devils were a Parachute regiment not a bunch of lawn fairies.

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