i Cryptic Crossword 1881 Klingsor

February 17, 2017

A generally pleasing puzzle from Klingsor with some inventive and some slightly over inventive clueing. 18d for instance, all that stuff about structures and gas was completely wasted when the answer was so obvious from just the first four words. 14d creates a bit of discussion over on Fifteensquared for using Tony to define “in”. Like most solvers I know ton can define fashionable so I suppose it just about works, perhaps it would have been better if it hadn’t been capitalised?  The other slightly contentious clue was 13a which I think Is really clever but I admit to being unable to satisfactorily parse, a comment is made about Dastard not being an everyday word  I however am far more familiar with it than with my LOI 20d which I had to check really existed. Quite a few ticks, 5a and as an ex printer who still has a Typescale 22a but for COD –

15a    Farmer gets more sexy – sounds like you and I missed out (7)


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1881 Klingsor”

  1. jonofwales said

    A game of two halves for me. The top half fairly flew by, but the rest took twice as much time again, not helped for me by Tony which I hated (the answer was clear enough, but I just couldn’t justify it), and unknowns in both definitions for 22ac. 2012 seems to have had a lot of Thursdays in it. 😉

  2. dtw42 said

    Similar quick-half, slow-half story here as well. I, too, put in 14dn without understanding the “Tony” reference.

  3. AndyT said

    Thought you’d like the magpie, Sprouthater. I found this thoroughly absorbing and completely logical – which isn’t to say that it was a breeze, by any means.

    “Tony” is an annoying little word, agreed (the more so for being an American import), but capitalisation in order to mislead is generally regarded as acceptable, whereas the reverse most certainly isn’t. Unless the word starts the clue, of course – so Klingsor has this well and truly covered.

  4. Cornick said

    Loads of terrific clues today, I thought. Tony passed me by, alas, just bunged it in and ‘Sightly’ was actually my favourite for its great surface.
    Maybe Fancy Dress Ball was a bit too easy and maybe the M > D for the anagram fodder in Dastard (my LOI) a bit too devilish, but hey, it’s good to have a range of difficulty within the clues, isn’t it?

    • jonofwales said

      Now the M to D trick I spotted quite quickly. It was in the rest of the puzzle that my brain seized up. 🙂

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