i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2690 by Phi

September 28, 2019

Saturday 21st September 2019

I found it a quite hard to get going with Phi’s challenge last weekend, and needed the long anagrams at 6d and 13d to do so. In fact all four of the long entries in the grid were anagrams, and a further three of the 10-letterers were too. With Phi creating about four cryptic crosswords a week, some at the Inquisitor level (I am in awe) it’s no surprise perhaps if he uses them a lot when you consider how easy it is to generate them online. Mind you, once you find out that CLYTEMNESTRA, say, is an anagram of ‘calmest entry’, you still have to write a coherent clue for it, and Phi does that in spades.

I’d say those anagrams numbered amongst the best clues, but just pipping them for my COD nomination was the following:

16a Prescribed way shows bouncer throwing out naval man (8)

Oh, and there was a ghost theme, based on the idea of misspelled swear words. Phi gives an explanation in the comments of Bert & Joyce’s 2015 blog here, but I must confess to having had a sense of humour by-pass when I read it just now.

3 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2690 by Phi”

  1. batarde said

    I shall not dignify that “theme” by commenting on it. When, as in my case, your first one in is Clytemnestra, three-quarters of the way down the grid, that’s a bit of a worry. However things picked up nicely thereafter, and it was a perfectly pleasant crossword. One tick, for 14d.

    Did anyone else have a go at Thursday’s Guardian? It was by Vlad (known here as Tyrus), and a rather more tractable affair than his reprint in the i on the same day. Recommended.

  2. jonofwales said

    Really rather quite difficult was my only note from last week, with a “theme” that needless to say I missed. You’ve got to amuse yourself somehow when you’ve got all those grids to fill. 🙂

  3. dtw42 said

    Hmm, can’t remember how hard or otherwise I found this; the only marginal note I made was that I’d not heard of 12ac.
    No, I didn’t spot the ghost theme.

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