i Cryptic Crossword 2149 Klingsor

December 28, 2017

I half thought we might get Dac today after Tuesday’s theme day got shifted to Wednesday by the festivities, but instead we have a very impressive Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint from Klingsor. On the easy side as far as prize puzzles go, this was nevertheless extremely enjoyable, with too many good clues to list. First in was 1ac, which is always a bit of a confidence boost, last in 14ac, swiftly followed by 19d. 3d was probably unknown to many solvers, but the clear wordplay left little doubt as to the answer, beyond perhaps a question mark over whether it was RE or RI at the start. I think there were only a couple at the close where I hadn’t untangled the wordplay, chief among them 17d, which in retrospect is very nicely done. Finish time, surprisingly, a little under par for the i.

COD? With many to choose from, 18ac – “In a manner of speaking, Frenchman’s after extravagant clothing (12)”.

To the tail end of August 2013, when we woudn’t have had to negotiate snowy, slippery, icy pavements to fetch the day’s paper, and would have had a bit more change out of a pound than we do now.


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2149 Klingsor”

  1. dtw42 said

    Well, I made a quick start in the NE corner, found the SW corner somewhat tricky, but got there in the end. 22dn was actually LOI for me. I was fine with 3dn though 🙂
    Far better than my usual experience with Klingsor, thankfully.

  2. AndyT said

    All smiles here, again. Agreed on the COD, despite the strong lineup of contenders – that was my LOI as it happened.

  3. sprouthater said

    Another quick starter and 14ac was my LOI which like 26ac I’d not heard of but both were well clued. 1dn amused me, when “runner” is used I usually think of rivers or maybe athletes because it’s never Bean☺

  4. PJ said

    Lovely puzzle. Not especially difficult but beautifully clued. I thought SCENARIO at 17D was outstanding.

  5. Cornick said

    Maybe it’s the excesses of the last few days, but for once I think I found myself not quite on Klingsor’s wavelength – but delighted others were this time.
    My memory is that Canadian pondweed – Elodea canadensis – was the staple of roughly half of my biology lessons back in the day, and that cardinal was of course the baddy in the Three Musketeers.

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