i App Cryptic Crossword S0022 by Phi

May 8, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of 5): šŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

A typical offering from Phi today. What do I mean by that? Well, watertight cryptic grammar for one thing, some pleasing clues with a sprinkling being innovative, surface readings where although you often have to squint to make sense of them they invariably do, more deletions than we see from other setters, a couple of obscure answers (BLUE GUM, an unusual meaning of ORPHANS), and a ghost theme (often literary) that almost no-one gets (here we had the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, he of ‘The REMAINS/ [match] OF THE DAY’ fame). One exception to Phi’s typical style was that I usually expect most longer entries to be clued with anagrams, but not so much this time.

For CoD I’m plumping for this one:

3d Tree remained in place, we hear, getting treatment (5,3)


Here are all the answers from 4 years ago:


2 Responses to “i App Cryptic Crossword S0022 by Phi”

  1. jonofwales said

    Into 3* for time here, and enjoyed as always with Phi. Favourite here was INNER CITY. I failed miserably to spot the theme, despite having read a number of the referenced items!

  2. Saboteur said

    I gave the nanosecond of consideration that I permit myself to the possibility of a theme and therefore did not spoil for myself a very enjoyable and satisfying solve. Just right for a Sunday evening.

    ORPHAN was one I had come across somewhere before, and BLUE GUM was as helpfully clued as they come, especially with those crossing letters, so it was obvious what to enter. Otherwise, all very good.

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