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Independent 6573/Phi

Posted by neildubya on November 9th, 2007


If it didn’t say “The Friday Crossword by Phi” in the paper, then the completed grid would give you a few clues as to who compiled it!

7 (HELP IM)*,ON – the epistle to PHILEMON is an apparently undisputed work by St Paul. This was news to me but the clue was easy enough, especially with a couple of checking letters here and there.
9 HIL[-l] in PIP – I assume this is right as I can’t account for PIP, which must be connected to “aggrieved feeling” somehow. Full clue is “Man’s aggrieved feeling about endless inclination”.
10 HI in PAL
11 PORT<,HIES – it was this clue and 10A which led me to the PHI theme in the puzzle.
12 (HIS PLIGH[-t] POISON)* – PHILOSOPHISING. Two PHIs for the price of one. (Edit: thanks to nmsindy for pointing out a minor mistake, now corrected]
16 S,TIG,MA – TIG is another name for “tag” or “it” as we called it in my school.
20 ALTO in DINE[-r]
24 COR,NEA[-r] – I loved the definition here: “something of a looker”.
25 CAY< in HINT,H – filled this on the basis of clue=HINT so I had to look up why CAY is “island”. Turns out it’s another spelling of “key”.
3 INST,EP – INST for “current month” is always worth making a mental note of. Biazarrely, I read the enumeration for this as (4,2) rather than (2,4) which held me up for a while.
4 U,PTO – this is something I’ve not seen before: “do read further” for PTO (Please Turn Over).
6 KIL[-l]ER,G – KILLER for “decisive fact” occurred to me straight away but KILERG just didn’t look like a word. Eventually I filled it in, but only because I couldn’t think of anything else to fit it.
8 (EMAILS)* in ATM< – MELISMATA was new to me and I nearly went for MILESMATA. It’s a musical term meaning “an ornamental phrase of several notes sung to one syllable of text”.
17 SOLU[-tion] in (BEAT)*
18 H in GO,ZIP (going up) – PHIZOG is a shortening of “physiognomy”.
23 PHIZ – “fizz”. PHIZ was Hablot Knight Browne.

5 Responses to “Independent 6573/Phi”

  1. Testy says:

    To get the pip means to be aggrieved in some way, e.g. “He’s given me the pip”

  2. nmsindy says:

    V minor correction in 12 across – it’s the pligh(t) that’s endless. I did not see the theme till the very end. Good as always from Phi.

  3. Bradman says:

    Shameless self-publicity: anyone care to blog the FT today?

  4. Testy says:

    I’d like to see that one blogged too as I’m currently stuck on a few. If it isn’t likely to get blogged can one of the bloggers create an entry so that we can at least discuss it in a sensible place?


  5. neildubya says:

    Testy – ’tis done.

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