i Cryptic Crossword 2246 Klingsor

April 20, 2018

When I swapped Dac on Wednesday for the Friday slot I guessed that Sprouthater would probably have drawn the more straightforward of the two puzzles, but as it turns out today’s offering is my fastest i solve in some time. Perhaps I just got a little lucky in places – I knew 23ac’s name, even if I had no idea how to pronounce it and was therefore left suitably mystified by the wordplay. On the other hand I had no idea who 20d might be and had to trust that I’d got the wordplay right. The cryptic for 1ac I didn’t follow, probably because I was convinced I was looking for the name of some Cambridge college I wouldn’t know, and that “blatant” was part of the definition, but with that definition and given the first letter, what else could it be? First in 7d (yes, I was working on the 1d / 1ac corner, and all three together were very generously supplied by Klingsor), last in 20d. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, unexpectedly breezy solve.

Why did it take so long to get the blog out? Yes, more Windows updates.

COD? I’ll go with 27ac, if only for the very smooth surface reading – “Detective goes from vague gut feeling (8)”.

Back to November 2013 again for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2246 Klingsor”

  1. dtw42 said

    Breezed through the top two-thirds (I too put in 1ac without being able to parse it); took a bit longer over several down the bottom though. LOI 24ac, also not fully understood.
    Think I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of Klingsor’s style, but can’t really put my finger on why.

  2. batarde said

    That was out of Klingsor’s top drawer, wasn’t it? Splendid stuff throughout, my favourite moment being when the penny dropped about Cambridge. Suppose I’d better have a look at this “world’s hardest” jumbo next.

  3. sprouthater said

    Like yesterday it was solved fairly easily but with a few not parsed 1ac in particular. Lots of very good clues but at the other end of the scale 23ac was only solved by checking a list of mathematicians the cryptic part was no help at all.

  4. oldschoolrooms said

    Does anyone else get a bit ticked off that these are old, recycled puzzles? Don’t we deserve something new?!

    • jonofwales said

      It doesn’t worry me, really. They’re all puzzles I haven’t solved previously, so as far as I’m concerned they’re “as new”, so it doesn’t make any difference. For ex-Independent solvers, though, I’m guessing the situation is different.

      Ironically, the i did for a month or more run the same Cryptic Crossword as the Independent, and the editor was swamped with complaints from solvers who didn’t really like them. So they went back to cherry-picking puzzles from several years previous, avoiding certain types of puzzles, in particular some of the heavier themed ones I believe.

      • Cornick said

        That’s interesting about the complaints thing. I’d always assumed it was a hangover from the days when the i cost 20p and the Independent, at £1.40 (or whatever) had to provide an incentive for their crossword-solving readers to splash the extra cash.

      • jonofwales said

        The i started out recycling Independent crosswords, then switched to publishing the current day’s just for that brief, failed experiment. No idea why, beyond comments by Eimi on Fifteensquared to the effect of “not my idea”, and later “the tail is no longer wagging the dog”. I think the reason recycled puzzles were used was exactly the one you’ve given.

  5. Cornick said

    Very enjoyable as ever from this setter.
    Unable to parse 23a properly, I needed to read the Fifteensquared blog to be reminded of how to pronounce the mathematician in question. Now kicking myself.

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