i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2534 by Phi

March 30, 2019

Saturday 23rd March 2019

No grumbles at all recorded in the margin of last Saturday’s puzzle from Phi – an impressive grid fill and a pleasant stroll through Crosswordland which was for the most part towards the easier end of both Phi’s and the i’s range of difficulty.

Four 15-letter entries in the across lights were punctured by the words STALACTITE coming down from the top and STALAGMITE coming up from the bottom. Very nice.

The clues were uncontroversial – except perhaps for a rather heavy reliance upon anagrams, all of which were pretty obviously flagged – lax, out, wrong, misjudged, getting busy, rocks, nasty, vaguely, and variety. One of my grumbles about yesterday’s Tyrus had been his use of ‘outcome’ as an anagram indicator, but Phi is a little kinder to his solvers.

I thought the vocabulary was pitched just right, with words like Trilithon and Hypnagogic being in that category of seeming familiar, but don’t ask me to give you a definition!

My last one in was also my favourite – even if it did take me ages to twig what was going on:

23a Soporific expression of sympathy finally put forward (5)

And all the answers from 2014 in the Independent can be found by clicking here.

7 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2534 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    In which Phi proved that a theme doesn’t have to be complicated or extensive to put a smile on the face of the solver. A thoroughly enjoyable puzzle all told, that much I do remember, but there are no ticks: an oversight on my part and the COD most certainly deserved a couple.

    This week’s note to self about today’s puzzle: disconcertingly straightforward, so what am I missing?

  2. dtw42 said

    I liked this one – and indeed, the stalactite and stalagmite got a nod and a smile 🙂

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Yes, this was very satisfying, with no problems at all. Good fun.

    Today’s was good too, but with a couple of queries needing e-help to clear up.

  4. jonofwales said

    Another satisfied customer. On the easy side, and solved in a quieter environment than is usual on a Saturday, which no doubt helped. Similarly tickled by stalactite and stalagmite.

  5. sprouthater said

    And another who enjoyed this, some strange words but all gettable from the clues.

  6. Solojo said

    Found this far more gentle than last week’s Phi offering – so much so that I couldn’t help feeling it was flagged in 12d: ‘Thinking person’s setter hopes vaguely to block cry of woe?’
    …or maybe I should just get out more..

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