i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2427 by Phi

November 24, 2018

Posted on behalf of Cornick who’s otherwise engaged this morning:

Last Saturday’s was a curious puzzle in some ways, but also very much in Phi’s distinctive style – it fell into three parts:

I started by cracking some of those 15-letter anagrams (a bit tedious that, but I’ll spare you my usual lecture this time); Next came the pretty nifty mini-theme based around 14 18, ‘Tempo Indicator’ – it’s a shame there wasn’t more of that really, I liked it. Then to finish with there were a collection of obscurities and bits of trickiness in the corners for which I required both dictionary and word finder. Nelumbos, Mutatis Mutandis, Maestoso, Ampulla… hmm, well, if you must Phi, if you must.

I have a slight quibble about 12a, which doesn’t seem like a full &Lit to me, so presumably ‘at sea’ is doing double duty, and it took me a while to parse 6d OP(tim)AL – further evidence that subtractive clues are often the hardest.

With no outstanding candidates for COD, I’ll go for the following, which is quite neat, involves a bit of misdirection, and has a surface that reads well:
21d Danger not fully lifted (4)

For the 2014 blog with all the answers please click here.

4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2427 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    There’s the little matter of the organic chemistry too. That, I thought, was just about the giddy limit. Not my cup of tea.

  2. jonofwales said

    Yep, all those obscurities. Not for me either.

  3. sprouthater said

    There ought to be laws forbidding this sort of thing.

  4. Cornick said

    Thanks for posting for me Jon. Home now. My quibble with 12a was unfounded, the anagram indicator is (of course) ‘drifted’.

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