i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2462 by Phi

January 5, 2019

Saturday 29th December 2018

Looking back at this puzzle from last Saturday (I seldom write these blogs until the last minute), I see there were fully 11 ticks in my margin, just 2 question marks (Nilometer, Motmot), one ‘iffy’ glyph (22a), and one unsmiley face (the ambiguity of 16a Clinch/clench, although I guessed right).  In my book, as a critical so-and-so, that equates to a setter on good form.

For a COD I was very taken with the lovely &Lit of 8d Nightshirt, but the following takes it by a nose, despite Phi having used ‘rugby posts’ a couple of times before – well, why not?

4d Rugby embittered about its goal posts in busy period (4,4)

Back to the tag end of 2013 here for all the answers. If you spotted the ghost theme of a book called ‘Luminaries’ by a New Zealand author called ‘Catton’ (combine the first word of the first 2 clues) and several of its characters – Moody, Wells, Carter, Frost, Long and Clinch – then bravo to you.  As usual I’m left with the feeling of victory having been unfairly snatched away.


3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2462 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    A higher than average tick tally from me too, continuing a good run of puzzles from Phi. Unaware as I was until a couple of minutes ago that there was any literature indigenous to New Zealand at all, the theme eluded me. 😉

  2. sprouthater said

    Yes lots of ticks my favourite was 27ac. One grimace though I don’t think any sculptors would appreciate being described as carvers.

  3. jonofwales said

    I’ve long given up looking for Phi’s ghost themes. I seem to have finished this in a pretty reasonable time, and can remember little else about it…

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