i Cryptic Crossword 3579 Phi

July 28, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A veritable potpourri of vegetables today, and a puzzle that I found to be on the tricky side. At first I thought it was the surprise of seeing Phi on a Thursday that had done it, but no, the consensus over on the other side seems to be in agreement. A few less familiar words perhaps, a few well disguised definitions (6d springs to mind), and some quite cunning wordplay will all have contributed to the overall slow pace. As enjoyable and satisfying as ever from Phi, though, so no complaints here.

COD? I’ll go with 1ac – “Air traveller, the fool, is blocking someone from Estonia? (10)”.

All the answers and parsing of the clues can be found in Fifteensquared’s blog from June 2018:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/06/22/independent-9888-by-phi/

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3579 Phi”

  1. Cornick said

    Nice.
    Glacially slow progress today, but no need for any help other than that given by time, of which I have plenty just now.
    And an obvious theme for once from this setter.

  2. Saboteur said

    Oddly, I found this reasonably accessible, done in about two-star time. A little help needed at the end with the crossing BEACON and POTATO. Astonishingly obvious theme given the setter. Good and enjoyable.

  3. tonnelier said

    Slow progress here too – 4* for sure – but lots to enjoy and admire, especially BALLOONIST and BEACON. Just a bit unhappy about the definition for mountebank

  4. Borodin said

    There was comment over on 15^2 as to the equivalence of buffoon and mountebank. In view of the recent/current shenanigans concerning No10 I think the’re’s little doubt.

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