i Cryptic Crossword 2121 Klingsor

November 24, 2017

I found this reprint of a Saturday prize puzzle very difficult and a couple were left unanswered. 1ac was a complete unknown, the wordplay of 7dn succeed in being so misleading that I couldn’t fathom what I was looking for and 10ac, well I can just about associate the answer with Handle but find it a bit tenuous. Both 6dn and 20ac were solved but I needed the Blog at Fifteensquared to explain. It was the NE corner that proved the most difficult to fathom even though 5ac was perhaps one of the easier to solve the starting letters it provided didn’t seem to help that much.  I can only assume its me and the excitement of Black Friday that has caused my brain to cease functioning normally 🙂

While I’m not really a fan of homonyms I think this one to be excellent so

COD  15dn  In conversation, raised problem that’s ghastly  (8)

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2121 Klingsor”

  1. AndyT said

    Bracing, wasn’t it? Excellent too in my opinion, but definitely one for the old hands – who know about that noxious little word which forms the first part of 23ac, for instance. I thought that one came perilously close to an obscure solution generated by obscure wordplay, but on this occasion grumpiness did not ensue. Is it likely that anyone would derive the correct answer from 1ac without knowing the word in question, by the way? Seems rather unlikely. Anyway, this is just devil’s advocacy since I enjoyed myself immensely, and awarded 6d the rare accolade of a double tick – a real cracker of a clue, that.

  2. jonofwales said

    Most definitely on the bracing side, as noted especially in the NE corner. A few things I wasn’t fond of – 1ac, for the reasons Andy raised, 6d (I spent a long time looking for a rather more well known, and recent Labour leader), and 8d – CRATE for paid? Thankfully the rest was enjoyable, and most definitely worth the time spent.

  3. dtw42 said

    It’s five o’clock, I’ve been staring at this all day, and have just about got half of it done. I’m giving up now. I’ve said before that I’m REALLY not on Klingsor’s wavelength, and it’s getting to the point where my heart sinks when I see his byline.

  4. Cornick said

    I’m a Klingsor fan, so loved this. Well mostly – 23a was a fail for the reason AndyT said. My other un-parsed one was 6d, but I’m kicking myself now, it was very good.
    With 7d I saw ‘Maybe Elijah Wood’ and just knew what Klingsor was up to, so with the definition being ‘Maybe Elijah’ the answer was plain. Same logic works very often with this setter – although 1a took me a good deal longer to spot!

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