i Cryptic Crossword 2983 by Phi

August 29, 2020

Back to St George’s Day 2016, which means we’re celebrating the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death. And there he is, sort of, in the answers to 5d and 24d, SHAKE and SPEAR. Then there was a quartet of additional clues referencing each those two: TRILL, ROCK, TREMBLE and UNNERVE for the former, JAVELIN, ASSEGAI, DART and PIERCES for the latter – one of each for each century presumably. Very nice.

My favourite clue was probably 23d. Here it is again: Spruce up M’s place? (5)

And my favourite Fifteensquared blogger is probably Mc_rapper67, who was on his usual good form with the original blog here: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/04/23/independent-9212-by-phi-saturday-non-prize-puzzle-23-april-2016/

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2983 by Phi”

  1. dtw42 said

    Middling time for me here – needed a little help in the SW corner (17dn was my LOI). 23dn elicited a “yikes!” when the parsing-penny dropped there. Don’t think I’ve ever heard sake referred to as tea before.

    • saboteur said

      Yes, the only question-mark in my margin was next to “foreign tea”. It was pretty clear what it was meant to be but it’s an alcoholic drink, so not a tea, surely.

  2. saboteur said

    Good, enjoyable and nicely satisfying. Very welcome after yesterday.

  3. Denzo said

    An enjoyble solve. After yesterday’s GBH, Ximenes can return to his rest.

    Not knowing when the puzzle first appeared, I missed the bardic entries and the nice touch pointed out by Cornick of a synonym for each half for each century.

    I am not sure that pedantry over “foreign tea” is justified, as I believe that sake, althouh alcoholic, can be offered to guests in Japan in circumstances where tea woukd be offered in England. In any case, the clue taken as a whole was clear which I think allows a setter more licence.

  4. jonofwales said

    A steady and bleary eyed solve here with no particular issues, and overall thoroughly enjoyable.

  5. thebargee said

    I was never going to finish this after popping in RECONNECT for 29ac without paying attention to the wordplay, so 19ac and 20dn remained stubbornly incomplete. Even so, much more satisfying than Friday’s nightmare. Ho hum…

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