i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2768 by Phi

December 28, 2019

Saturday 21st December 2019

Which must have been my quickest Phi of the year. The solve hinged upon getting the 37-letter Christmas themed answer to 3/8/20. Personally I needed a couple of crossers to twig it, but given the season I’m sure many will have realised what it was straight away from the enumeration alone. It was written and first performed by 10/19 in 1948 (not an artist I knew by name), and when I went searching I came across this pretty irresistible version by a little girl called Melissa Lynn – thank you Batarde for the prompting.

Prior to checking to see if it was in the dictionary I couldn’t remember knowing 12a CORNO DI BASSETTO, but once I saw it there it seemed like I had indeed always known it. Funny how often that happens. My other pause for thought was for 16d LIBRETTOS, which is an alternative to the more common Libretti apparently.

Overall it was an 18a enough puzzle, but probably over too quickly to represent a serious challenge for the more seasoned solvers amongst us, I suspect.

My COD is 18d: Parliamentarians go to court, upset about risqué behaviour? (4-3)

All the answers are here.

9 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2768 by Phi”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yeah, 12ac I knew only by its English name, so that took a bit of puzzling out. But I was one who, as you suspected, got the long phrasal answer from its enumeration. All pleasant enough though. I had a tick against 7dn.

  2. jonofwales said

    There I was thinking I’d finally got the hang of this crosswording lark, finishing in a pretty speedy time, and it turns out it’s an easy one. 🙂 Lots of fun anyway, enjoyed, just right for the weekend before Christmas.

  3. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I think I spent less time on the solving than I did on YouTube doing some “follow-up” as I like to think of my post-crossword e-wanderings, so another thank-you from me to Batarde for the suggestion. I had to check the instrument but it was vaguely familiar, and the plural form LIBRETTOS was a query. Otherwise all good.

    One bit of parsing today completely baffles me..

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