i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2612 by Phi

June 29, 2019

Saturday 22nd June 2019

I found everything thoroughly agreeable for the first ¾ last Saturday, but then that SE corner presented me with a few problems. The first was my fault – having spelled Colonel Bogey ‘Bogie’ I couldn’t get Pyramids across the bottom, then once I’d realised my mistake there was Giocoso intersecting Palooka, both unknowns, to cause some lengthy head-scratching at the very end.

On the other hand that quarter also included my favourite clue – and pretty much how I imagine Phi sees himself as a setter:

20d Mostly to tease, entrapping solver, is very pleasant (6)

For those who like marches (that won’t be me then) there was a ghost theme that was easy enough to spot but fiendish to see in its entirety. We had the aforementioned Colonel Bogey, Pomp and Circumstance, Turkish, Joyous, Homage, and Slave. I’ve never heard of those last four. In the comments section over at Fifteensquared in March (yes) 2015, one aficionado points out that there’s also a March of the Pyramids, which Phi hadn’t realised; so he got the last laugh on behalf of all us solvers. Thank you Cookie.

3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2612 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    Ah yes, I remember. One for those of us who stride forth in purposeful manner, swinging a cane and whistling a medley from Sousa on the way to the newsagents. No, me neither, and it didn’t seem that there was much to be gained from chasing up the non-obvious marches. Perfectly decent crossword however, scoring a total of one tick, for 27ac.

  2. dtw42 said

    No particular notes on this one from me. Apparently it all went in smoothly except 4dn which for some reason I stared at for ages before the penny dropped.

  3. jonofwales said

    About average difficulty here, with any theme duly missed. Apart from that nothing seems to have jumped out.

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