i Cryptic Crossword 2293 Klingsor

June 14, 2018

Something a little meatier to get our teeth into today, and a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle it was too. Progress could best be described as non-existent to start – any optimism on solving 6ac was swiftly dispelled when my next answer in was 26ac. Thankfully, however, the downs were a little more forgiving of my solving abilities and, with a few answers in, the rest fairly flew by with the SE corner in particular for the most part going in on checking letters and / or definition alone. A bit of a tussle with 20ac at the close dragged things out a little, but my finishing time was well under par for the i, more akin to a Wednesday than a Thursday reprint. The only question remaining was why Shona is African, but Duncan’s explained that ably as expected over on the other side.

COD? Lots and lots of ticks by the clues today, with 25ac I thought very nicely done – “Counter-revolutionary avoids opening in Leicester Square (4)”.

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7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2293 Klingsor”

  1. dtw42 said

    Thankfully, having the day off today meant I was more able to devote continued attention to this. And the fact that I didn’t pay any attention to who the setter was until I was down to the last word: so slowish but steady progress counters my usual difficulty with Klingsor. LOI for me was 7dn, the only one for which I resorted to electronic assistance (20ac did warrant a look at the ‘trees’ entry in Bradfords, admittedly).

  2. batarde said

    Well, that was absorbing. Plenty of careful thinking required, but no prolonged hold ups – pretty much ideal in other words. Glad I didn’t have to pick the COD from so many worthy contenders.

  3. Cornick said

    Definitely must have been on Klingsor’s wavelength today – this fairly flew in. Well, by my standards, that is. Bit of head-scratching for that tree at 20a, mind you, and my LOI was the well-chosen COD. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  4. sprouthater said

    I’ve been a bit busy decorating so the fairly straightforward puzzles of the previous three days were very welcome, this however was a different can of worms something that needed a lot more thought. Worked my way through most of it but 7dn who?

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