i Cryptic Crossword 1491 Klingsor

November 19, 2015

A fairly gentle outing from Klingsor, that I solved in half the time of yesterday’s, just to show how subjective solving times can be! Lots of lovely clues, starting with the very clever 1ac onwards, but my COD goes to 4d – ‘Following game both sides surround English referee? (8)’.

A good pick for a prize puzzle, this one. Here’s the original blog:


12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1491 Klingsor”

  1. sprouthater said

    Completely opposite to you Jon I found this a bit of a chore. Too many were solved without fully understanding why and even after reading the fifteensquared blog still find some a bit tenuous.

  2. dtw42 said

    I made a couple of mistakes (oops) and consequently made the right-hand side of the puzzle harder than it should have been. Still, I’m leaning more towards Sprouthater on this one – found it a bit of a slog. Hey ho, horses for courses and all that…

  3. Cornick said

    What I like best in a puzzle is creativity, and this had creativity by the bucketful. Of course it needs to be solvable too, and I failed on the ‘Look Sharp’ / ‘Porpoise’ intersection like some others, I think. So creativity and solvability are what really matter.
    ‘What about fun Reg?’
    Well, yes, fun obviously…

  4. AndyT said

    I had sharp porpoise problems too; got there in the end though. Amazing how one can be fixated on a wrong answer. Yes, there was plenty of creativity which was appreciated, but “collective embarrassment” … really?

    I didn’t get a chance to do this one yesterday, but did polish of an Anax or two from the UKpuzzle site which were equally creative. Recommended:

    • jonofwales said

      An Anax or two? You’re a glutton for punishment. Once every few weeks is quite enough torture for me. 🙂

      • AndyT said

        Maybe I happened to pick the easy ones. 🙂 This tickled me:

        Compile cryptic crosswords (7)

      • Cornick said

        Graun style lift-and-separate, I guess that’s ‘polemic’. Hence Anax used it elsewhere 🙂

      • AndyT said

        Erm … I made it “polemic” too, but I’ve got nowhere with “Graun style lift-and-separate”. 🙂

      • Cornick said

        I might be talking rubbish, but the Grauniad would allow ‘crossword’ to mean ‘cross word’, but the Indy wouldn’t, hence Mr A using the idea on ukpuzzle, cos he doesn’t have a job with the Graun – does that make sense?

      • AndyT said

        Yes, that does make sense, thank you!

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