# Fifteensquared

## independent 6561 / Phi An F’ing Puzzle

Posted by tilsit on October 26th, 2007

Solving Time:  26 minutes

Lots of F’s around in today’s Phi puzzle (including four block
shapes in the corners of the grid).  The usual mix of cryptic defs
and good sound clue construction which we havecome to expect from Phi.

Not sure about 25 across, if you can offer a better explanation,
I’d be happy to hear.
ACROSS  (* = ANAGRAM /  CD = CRYPTIC DEFINITION  /  Rev = REVERSAL)

1   FISTICUFFS  FIST IS with CUFF (Manacle) inside.
8   LARCENOUS  COUNSEL* around AR(T) (endless skill).
9   GURU  U + RUG (Rev)
10  MINIMA  Took me back to Maths at school.  MINIM
(Note) + A.
11  FALSTAFF  FALS(E) (Not entirely fake) + TAFF – I assume
FLUELLEN was a Welsh chap.
13  PLEASE  P (Prince) + LEASE
14  FLASHMAN  The archetypal bully.  F + LASH = MAN(Y)
19  FLUFFY  FLU + FF (Following) + Y
21  FREE FALL  REEF inside FALL
23  FRASER  ERAS* inside FR
25  FLAG  Bit puzzled by this clue.  Can’t see
what else it can be, but a flag shouldn’t
grow on a flag.  Unless flag is being used as
a paving stone?
26  OPEN SKIES  KEEPS ON IS*
27  FRIENDLESS  Took me a while to see this too. FRI (could be)
ENDLESS waiting for Saturday.

DOWN
1  FREEMASON  FORENAMES*
2  SLOW   SOW (Broadcast) with L inside
3  INSTALLS  IN + STALLS
4  URGES  (S)URGES
5  FIREARM  EAR inside FIRM
6  FLAMEPROOF  FLAME (Abusively email) + O in PROF.
12 FANCY DRESS  CD
15 SCLEROSIS  ISLE + CROSS*
16 FEEL GOOD  EEL + G (Finally “appearing”) in FOOD
18 FUELLER  FULLER with E inside
20 FOSSIL  OF (REV) + S + SIL(L)

### 2 Responses to “independent 6561 / Phi An F’ing Puzzle”

1. nmsindy says:

25 across – not absolutely sure but read it as the plant ‘flag’ (in Concise OED and elsewhere) not growing on a flagstone. A little surreal perhaps. The F theme helped me to finish when I stuggled a bit.

2. Wil Ransome says:

I think Nmsindy is right about flagstone, although it did seem a bit odd to me. Harder than usual today. Had never heard of Fraser (James Earle at any rate, thanks to Google), but I suppose it could be Lady Antonia.

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