i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2606 by Phi

June 22, 2019

Saturday 15th June 2019

For me the best thing about last Saturday’s prize puzzle was the Nina gag. We had MAGRITTE – he of ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ fame – at 25a and a Nina in columns 1 and 15 which read NO NINA IS HERE. Ho-ho.

I hope you liked the clues, for me they were something of a disappointment. But maybe my frustration was simply caused by the difficulty being racked up a bit? I could only find it in myself to give a tick to three clues – 5d, 6d and the following, which gets the COD award:

2d Clarifies the history of some mountains? (8)

But frankly I didn’t have much fun with this crossword at all so, rather than go into a long list of gripes and niggles, I shall leave things there and point you towards Bert & Joyce’s ever-reliable blog from 2015.


3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2606 by Phi”

  1. dtw42 said

    My notes are that (like the week before) about 60% went in easily and then the rest needed a bit more thought. 13ac went in without being fully understood, but then apparently the penny dropped on Wednesday when I picked the completed thing up and glanced at it again.

    Today’s is a bit more fun – 15dn got a chuckle here.

  2. batarde said

    Only 5d got a tick, but I’m a miser with them. Not an especially memorable crossword for me, but it might have been were I not Nina blind. Today’s didn’t make much of an impression either – a case of over-familiarity with this setter most likely.

  3. jonofwales said

    Similar experience to Cornick’s really – more of a chore than a pleasure. Sorry Phi.

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