i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2666 by Phi

August 31, 2019

Saturday 24th August 2019

A fortnight before this puzzle appeared the i had given us a Phi puzzle with a Nina which read GAUFRID AT FIFTEENSQUARED, so might this have been another tribute to a blogger from the other side? And what’s that in the top row? DINGY JAIL HUSK… to represent DUN CAN SHIEL[l] (to shiel being to remove a husk) perhaps?  Of course!  Did you get it?

No? Me neither. Well, given that not even Duncan Shiell himself, who happened to be doing the original blog back in 2015, spotted it, maybe it’s only obvious if your name happens to be Phi – it wasn’t meant to be discovered in the way that Ninas usually are, by any solver of the crossword in general, but rather was it offered as a tribute to be seen post hoc by the readers of Fifteensquared in particular.  I really don’t think anyone else would do that…

As for the clues, apart from the unknown Landrace (a Danish breed of pig) and Moxie (American slang for something or other) – new words for more than just theartoffaithblog I suspect – there were some goodies. Three of the four long entries were top-notch full anagrams, if that’s your bag, but my favourite was this partial anagram:

21a Note iron amongst molten ditto – hot place (7)

Just one minor question – this is the second time in recent weeks that we’ve seen pitch = roll; can they be equivalent? As a sometime mariner, I always thought roll, pitch and yaw were the three different ways that a boat could move; is there some other context of which I should be made aware?



5 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2666 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    As usual this didn’t make a huge impression on me I’m afraid, although I disliked the crudity of 15ac enough to make a note to that effect. The pig is occasionally to be found rootling around in crosswords so that was familiar; not sure about 28ac – Raymond Chandler, perhaps? Anyway, nothing new this time. Whilst 21ac deserves to be COD, the one which particularly appealed to me was 10ac because of one of Gennaro Contaldo’s monologues: the words “Nice one Naples, now I can die” in that Cockney-Italian accent are permanently embedded in my memory. Might have been rather tricky otherwise.

  2. dtw42 said

    Likewise, no marginal comments from me except “bloody hell” next to 15ac. I was fine with landrace and moxie (hmm, seems my browser’s spellchecker likes the former but not the latter). LOI, as mentioned in passing last week, was 26ac, mostly down to the length of time in which I misread “halving” as “having” in the clue (and therefore spending too long looking for a 3-letter word to put E into, rather than a 5-letter word to take it out of).
    At this point this week I find myself once again all done except for a single 4-letter word. :-/

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Quite why I struggled with STEP (26ac) last week is beyond me; it seems so unproblematic now. Otherwise, no quibbles or queries. I seem to recall having to check MOXIE and LANDRACE, but that’s all.

    In answer to Cornick, it’s quite a long time since I sailed other than on a big ferry, but I agree that technically pitch, roll and yaw are all different movements. I think, however, such niceties are too trivial to the generality of solvers for it to matter.

    No problems this week. Momentarily bemused by a Latin plura which I knew but had forgotten, l but otherwise all good.

    • Cornick said

      The illustration of those movements in encyclopaedias seem to appear almost as canonically as do the orders of classical architecture, but you’re probably right. 🙂

  4. jonofwales said

    26ac caused some grief, needless to say, but the rest went in without too much ado. And that’s all I can decipher from last week’s scribbles!

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