i Cryptic Crossword 2085 Klingsor

October 13, 2017

Todays puzzle is a reprint of a Saturday prize puzzle from June 2013 and I for one found it very difficult although in hindsight there is only 27ac that was new to me as both a definition and as a cheese and 9ac was only solved once all the crossing letters were in as “Wagner Lover” meant nothing to me. After reading all the across clues I had only solved with any certainty 15 and 25 with a few others penciled in lightly as I couldn’t fully parse them, luckily the first few of the down clues were all quite gettable even if I did have to look up Medick. It was the NW corner that was last to fall with 23ac only going in after taking a punt at 23dn , “vital structure” being a bit vague I thought, then resorting to a wordfinder for 27ac. On completion I had plenty of ticks among them were 5ac, 24ac, 5dn and 16dn but for its clever misdirection

COD      18ac   A head’s no time to take class (4)

The original blog and all the parsing can be found  here at Fifteensquared

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2085 Klingsor”

  1. jonofwales said

    A good puzzle, but an extremely tough one. The four corners of the grid were a little isolated, which didn’t help matters. We seem to have settled into a pattern of getting old prize puzzles on a Friday once more, which is Ok when you’ve got the time.

    I had to lookup Black Medick as well, otherwise I’m not sure I would have got it. Wondered for a long time why STARSKY was a prime mover, in common with someone in the comments over on the other side.

  2. Cornick said

    A mixed bag. Some fabulous, some fine, some fiendish, some failures (anyone else go for c-hat-ter at 12a?) and a lingering sense that I must get some glasses… but I’m okay with the rest of paper!

  3. AndyT said

    Loved it. I was convinced that yesterday’s eXternal would be easily the best puzzle week, but it’s a tie. My personal favourite was 23ac, a little gem.

  4. dtw42 said

    Klingsor does not float my boat.
    Klingsor kinda gets my goat.
    I do not like his sort of thing.
    I do not like him in the spring,
    I do not like him in the fall.
    I do not like Klingsor at all.

    (Okay, I had a very very busy day at work and did not get a chance to even look at this until 7pm. But given that I have spent the last half hour chewing my pencil and have put in five answers, I’m giving up as I’ve got better things to do with my evening. Sorry.)

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