i Cryptic Crossword 1857 Klingsor

January 20, 2017

The original bloggers found this reasonably easy, I found it quite difficult due to a few answers that were new to me 23a,26a and 7d primarily. 26a was particularly hard due to never having heard of the person referred to in the clue, this drew a loud harrumph. Whilst there doesn’t appear be a particular theme to this puzzle there are a few related to music, 14a proving the most obscure as I hadn’t come across kitchen being used to describe the percussion section of an orchestra before.

As Bertandjoyce point out in their Blog there are some very good clues and a couple of excellent misdirection’s, 3d being worthy of note but for COD :-

27a    Stormy petrel’s tail is grabbed by dude unknown (8)

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1857 Klingsor”

  1. jonofwales said

    I wouldn’t say this was easy, but on the other hand it wasn’t as hard as Klingsor can be. I was as unimpressed with 26ac as you were (Tori who???) but the rest fell into place, even if with a few question marks by the clues.

  2. Cornick said

    I find Klingsor’s style is impressively logical with just the right amount of misdirection to keep things interesting. However, today he also threw in quite few bits of specialist knowledge (kitchen, tell, satori, tori, ménage, cicely, Edale), so I found the last few far from easy.
    Fortunately though, he also had the good sense to spread those trickier clues thinly, rather than clump them all in one quarter of the grid – something of which novice setters should take note!

  3. dtw42 said

    Hm, once again I’m obviously not on Klingsor’s wavelength. I found this pretty tough, and ended up with a few in various corners pencilled in faintly because I didn’t understand. Some of those turned out to be right, others wrong. Didn’t get 5 or 6, wrong guess (shooting) at 8; correct guesses at 2 and 12 without understanding why. Hey ho.

  4. AndyT said

    That’s a hell of away to clue 26ac – I didn’t care for it one little bit. A shame in an otherwise very satisfying crossword.

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