i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2468 by Phi

January 12, 2019

Even the Nina-blind among us might have realised something was going on in the peripheral unches last weekend: Wah-wah, Tartar, Tsetse and Atlatl – that last one a sort of native North American spear.

Was that gag worth having the obscurities Petechia, Saithe and Agacante? I’d say not, because the fun of solving a clue is the penny-drop moment when you get it – that little rush of endorphins without having to go to the gym – which is denied the solver by having to look something up in the dictionary.  Others’ opinions may differ!

We’ve had a splendid last 5 days of puzzles, and in truth I liked all those weekday offerings a bit better, but enough moaning already…. this was generally a very good crossword, and still a level above what you’d get in most national newspapers, so thank you Phi. And here’s an example to prove it:

COD 24d Rake path, removing last of grit (4)

Back to 2014 for all the answers and a divided set of comments from the usual suspects.


6 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2468 by Phi”

  1. sprouthater said

    Nina? pass me my white stick. Didn’t really like Techi for Specialist in the middle of an obscure world but Ass = Innocent seems very tenuous to me. Didn’t find much to enjoy here.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Usually I can’t remember much about my solving experience a week on, but in this case I do recall having much the same thoughts as Cornick about the nina and the very obscure words, and sprouthater’s comment about innocent/ass. Surprising from Phi.

    I’ll say now (but say no more) that I enjoyed today’s offering; I doubt I will remember by this time next week.

  3. batarde said

    Judging by the number of ticks this seems to have gone down well, and “toughie!” appears in the margin. Can’t really recall much about it, except being surprised that I knew “petechia”. “Saithe” is a word used by fishmongers to disguise the fact that what they’re selling is coley, and it appears on cat food so that one was okay too. “Agacante”? Pfft. I’m not convinced that the gimmick was worth the candle either, but at least I spotted it.

  4. jonofwales said

    Struggled throughout, failed miserably to notice anything going on. Yes, it was that sort of solve.

  5. Topsy said

    I got several but ground to a halt so with the above comments I am glad I didn’t waste too much time on it!

  6. dtw42 said

    As per usual, I really can’t remember my solving experience on this after a week, but one thing I know is that I didn’t see any nina. Hey ho.

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