i Cryptic Crossword 3372 by Phi

November 27, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five):  πŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

A thoroughly pleasant solving experience today courtesy of Phi.

My scattergun approach to picking which clue to attempt next failed to get me a foothold in the top half, so I switched to the SE corner and worked my up for a change. After that the SW corner fairly flew in and In the end it might well have been my quickest ever Phi solve – if I ever bothered to notice such things that is. I wonder if some of the differences between us solvers might be sometimes be down to a matter of luck as to which clues we chance upon to do first?

The last two in were SKIRMISHED (it seems you can verb almost any noun these days) and HARRIED where we had ‘hied’ as part of the word play – as in ‘Hie thee hither’ I suppose, which I shall be doing in a bit – Mrs Cornick & I are off to spend a weekend in Stratford doing Shakespearean things.

Lots of good clues, no complaints (well, maybe ‘generated by’ in 10a would have been annoying had the clue not been an easy one), and my pick of the bunch goes to this one:

21d Razor specialist set up company: arrived for a trim (5)

I shan’t mention the theme by name, but if you’re curious then Phi drops in to explain in comment number 5 of the original blog from Bertandjoyce which you can access by clicking this link:

Fifteensquared/Independent-9643-Phi

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3372 by Phi”

  1. Saboteur said

    Agreed, a very pleasant solve, nicely satisfying.

    My few quibbles /queries were very minor. “Comer” from “rising star” seems a bit iffy, although “newcomer” is the root, I suppose. ILLUMED, while fairly and simply clued didn’t seem like a real word, although I didn’t bother to check. I was a touch surprised by the “generated by”, but I concur that the word-play sort of demands it.

    How I missed that theme I’ll never know. πŸ™‚

  2. Saboteur said

    I forgot to say: “you can verb almost any noun these days”; I see what you did there πŸ™‚.

  3. Topsy said

    At last a Phi crossword I largely enjoyed! I did throw in trifling in without really thinking about it, which wasn’t helpful. Never mind, I was pleased to have completed almost all of it 😁

  4. dtw42 said

    Theme? Ah, a book I have, but have not yet read. Oh well.
    Yes, the solve felt like a smooth two-starrer to me too. Same comments as already detailed re HIED and ILLUMINED.

  5. Willow said

    A very pleasant solve – many thanks. As often with Phi, I thought there must be a theme, but didn’t spot it, largely, perhaps because I am completely unfamiliar with the book in question. However, I did think that ROTHER would play a part in it, as that river is relatively unknown in most of the country, although residents of Rotherham and Sheffield know it well. Many setters would have gone for RATHER instead.

  6. jonofwales said

    An enjoyable puzzle to start the weekend, over pretty quickly for Phi. The definition at 11ac raised a smile here in addition to the COD with lots to appreciate.

  7. thebargee said

    Well that was a gentle breeze after the last 2 days, unlike the gale force winds and snow that held me up on the M1 between Sheffield and Leeds earlier today. As we sat in the car, my wife read out the clues and I provided the answers, a pleasant way to keep boredom at bay.

    Coincidentally, HIE turned up in the concise recently along with BORNE to provide the top row homophone.

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