Prize Cryptic Crossword 2229 by Klingsor

April 7, 2018

Saturday 31st March 2018

With Phi doing the Good Friday puzzle, Klingsor stepped into the Saturday slot last weekend with a typically polished and artful crossword, in which you can be absolutely confident that all the i’s will be dotted and the t’s crossed – trust the setter and even the most intricate of constructions will reveal itself. One thing I’ve noticed he does particularly well is assembling anagram fodder from bits and bobs for a plausible surface – for example 1a had SCATT[y] E[nglish] LADY RUINS – all perfectly fair, but the anagram indicator might have been scatty, ruins or, as it happened, exciting. Loads of variety in the clues and all solvable without recourse to dictionaries which, as Batarde would say, is usually a good sign.

My COD goes to another of those clever anagram clues, and done very differently to the hackneyed treatment the answer normally gets:

21d Amazed Nigel Short cracked Azed barred puzzle? (6)

All the solutions from April 2014 can be found here.

By the way – apologies for my lack of contributions to daily discussions – currently in a part of Scotland where the closest newsagent is a 45 min round trip.

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5 Responses to “Prize Cryptic Crossword 2229 by Klingsor”

  1. batarde said

    Agreed on all the above: it was a memorably good puzzle. I was a little dubious about 10ac where arguably one of the definitions is an adverb and the answer an adjective, so good job it was a triple definition, then. Otherwise all smiles and lots of ticks. 21d got two of them, making it my COD too.

    With regard to dictionary pounding, I’m less averse to it at the weekend. After all, a prize crossword really ought to present a challenge – but as a rule of thumb my view is that the appropriate place for multiple obscurities, variant spellings, archaisms and less-than-general knowledge is the Inquisitor.

  2. jonofwales said

    Thoroughly enjoyable, best Saturday puzzle in a while. 🙂

  3. Patrick KELLY said

    Why do you never give the solutions?

    • jonofwales said

      Hi Patrick. Sorry for the delay approving your comment, Cornick’s been offline. The i crosswords are Independent reprints that have already been blogged on Fifteensquared. We provide a link back to the original blog that you can follow to find all the answers and parsing of clues.

  4. Patrick KELLY said

    Why do you never give the solutions?

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