i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2636 by Phi

July 27, 2019

Saturday 20th July 2019

There’s a higher than usual chance of your having noticed a theme last Saturday, with a pretty obvious sprinkling of animals across the grid: TIGER, SHARK, WOLF, SNAKE, BEETLE, FISH, and TURTLE[neck].  Extend the theme to the plant kingdom and you might have spotted LILY, ROSEMARY, MALLOW, and FLOWERS. Now broaden further to ‘nature’ and you could include VOLCANIC and COUNTRY.

So what’s the theme exactly? Well, according to Phi in the comments of the original Fifteensquared blog, it seems that a good deal of those could be linked with the first in the list (‘tiger lily’ did pop into my head among several other linking possibilities), and Chambers also reveals tiger beetle, tiger country, tiger fish, tiger flower, tiger shark, tiger snake and tiger wolf. However you could be forgiven for thinking it was a theme based around Lilies with Tiger lily, Lily beetle and Snake lily.

Just 3 ticks this time – but it still felt like solid work and a good set of clues from our antipodean contributor.

As to the COD, I loved the surface reading of 25a, the wordplay of 7d was cracking, but the following had a bit of both:

16d Plant came up, beginning to revive in spring month (8)

3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2636 by Phi”

  1. Grodnik said

    21ac. New word to me, but how appropriate the clue for the events of last week.

  2. batarde said

    The abundance of flora and fauna were duly noted, the combination of tiger + lily in particular. Did I chase it up? Well, of course not, but all the same I’m inclined to call it a draw for once. Just the one tick, for 7d, but that’s not a bad showing and with the exception of 12ac nothing irritated. Satisfied customer.

  3. dtw42 said

    Hm, nothing much to contribute from me. Spotted the general wildlife theme but not the specific link. Last ones in were 24ac and then 19dn (the letter of which I couldn’t see the parsing for).

    As for this week’s … life? Don’t talk to me about life…

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