i App Cryptic Crossword S0028 by Phi

June 19, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

Another crossword from the prolific Phi, and this one came with a real sense that he was enjoying himself with some very creative clues. Some will have enjoyed the references to SULU in 17d, there was ‘shape of hole’ for O in OLIVE (very nicely done), a bit of astronomy and opera which we know Phi likes, a nifty subtraction in [c]LAM B[ake], a good &Lit for TEA COSTY and a good Straight Cryptic for NOSEBLEED.

However my CoD goes to this bit of rudeness:

9a Increasingly crude exclamation about bit of crude language? (7)

The vocabulary was testing in places: STORM CONE, DUTCH TREAT, BEETLE as a potato masher, but nothing too hard – probably an average sort of Phi in many regards.

There is a ghost theme you can explore if you want to (it seems he does them for his own amusement and to tell the Fifteensquared people about it after the event). If so, please scroll through to Phi’s comments after the puzzle’s original blog via this link:

www.fifteensquared.net/2018/05/18/independent-9858-phi

One Response to “i App Cryptic Crossword S0028 by Phi”

  1. jonofwales said

    Yes, an enjoyable, pretty straightforward solve. For once, the titles in Phi’s ghost theme have me intrigued enough to go and explore further.

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