i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2570 by Phi

May 11, 2019

Saturday 4th May 2019

No theme last week, just 4 long interlocking entries to inspire the setter.

Having just read the pithily named RatkojaRiku’s 2015 blog over on Fifteensquared (apparently it’s been there all week – I wonder what will happen this time?) I find myself in complete agreement. Relatively easy long entries and some shorter entries that, whilst solvable, proved particularly thorny in the parsing department.

I guessed at the parsing for 22d FORT okay, without being totally convinced, but was still at sea on 11a PITIFUL until checking just now – once again it’s my parsing blind spot of a composite clue where the components get assembled then reversed as a whole… you’d think I’d learn!

I agreed with the commenter Geebs as to the double definition for TRIP at 1d – my LOI and a little tricky in the same unaccountable way as yesterday’s clue for ‘untrue’.

COD: 12a Part of spectrum is adopted by family art movement (7)



5 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2570 by Phi”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yeees … those 4-letter words had me uttering 4-letter words.
    1dn, 3dn, and 22dn were my last ones in.
    I had big “how does this parse?” question marks next to the clues for 6dn 17ac and 22dn.

  2. batarde said

    Phi and his four letter words again. I was thoroughly disgruntled in the end, and therefore shall say no more except that I agree on the excellent COD. This week’s puzzle was far more to my taste.

  3. jonofwales said

    I struggled badly last week, probably for reasons already explained, and also ended with a number of question marks. Ditto Batarde’s comment above regarding this week’s puzzle.

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Yes, the four-letter words, indeed!

    Today’s all good.

  5. sprouthater said

    Much the same opinion as Batarde

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