i Cryptic Crossword 2019 Klingsor

July 28, 2017

It took me a long time to get into this reprint of a Saturday prize puzzle, there seemed to be a lot of very devious misdirection’s, that’s not a complaint as It was all (with one exception) thoroughly enjoyable. the exception is 20d which seemed to me to be a bit of weak construction to indicate a very obscure piece of American slang. Both 14 and 15d were entered without being able to fully parse and the clever 28a wouldn’t have been solved without all the crossers. Lots of ticks though 13a.17a and 21a I thought worthy and 5a I marked as “evil” but in a good way.

Note to self  Must remember Gam = School and LLano = Plain these crop up quite frequently and I always seem to have trouble with them.

COD  3d  Twice leaves university to find country house (7)

All the answers and explanations plus a few comments are here – Fifteensquared


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2019 Klingsor”

  1. dtw42 said

    Agreed with all the above- especially regarding the uncertainties around the SE corner (which is where I finished). The meaning of ‘can’ used here was utterly new to me.

  2. AndyT said

    Yes, I’d go along with all the above. This was clever, teetering on the brink of too-clever-by-half in places. “Gam” is getting to be annoying, given its frequent appearances. With regard to “can”, yup: knew that, thanks to Blind Willie McTell. This does not mean to say that I am delighted to find antiquated regional American slang in my crossword, however.

  3. jonofwales said

    On the easier side for a Saturday reprint, which isn’t to say that I sailed through it. Progress steady if not spectacular throughout. The aforementioned 20d was my last in.

  4. Cornick said

    Ditto again here. Many of these clues were constructions verging on the beautiful, but I am a bit of a Klingsor fan. Just one question mark at the end – the definition for 20d.

  5. And the same here… Didn’t complete the SE corner. Today’s new word learned – Don’t say “can” in America!

    • AndyT said

      Don’t for goodness’ sake take my word for this, but my understanding is that “can” will generally be taken by the average American to refer to a water closet, unless you happen to be in the Memphis area in the 1920s. 😉

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