i Cryptic Crossword 2311 Klingsor

July 5, 2018

In which Klingsor tests the range of our classical knowledge. I passed on 23ac, although I only sort of knew the name of the composer, but was confident of the card game and second composer referenced. But the Tempest? I’ve seen the latest BBC adaption, wasn’t that impressed, and can only remember the few characters that have come up in crosswords recently. This wasn’t one of them, so I had to check with Google which not surprisingly has a handy list. Elsewhere the clues were on the toughish side but always fair and a pleasure to solve. 10ac was a handy foothold into the grid with a surface reading that sort of gave the game away, but I’m not complaining. On the other hand I needed loads of checking letters and all the anagram fodder before finally twigging 21ac. 18d I also didn’t know, but Chambers to the rescue. Overall a good Thursday reprint, as challenging as you’d expect, but not unreasonably so. The NW corner perhaps a little trickier than the rest?

COD? I’ll go with 4d among many good clues – “Being out of sight, ornately decorated clothes tend to be forgotten finally (7)”.

To March 2014:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/03/20/independent-8558-klingsor/

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11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2311 Klingsor”

  1. batarde said

    The NW did seem to be more hard boiled than the rest. Excellent throughout in my opinion, but 1ac simply wasn’t going to come to mind without a memory jogger. A bracing workout as expected; I now await dtw42’s verdict. 🙂

    • dtw42 said

      Back in my schooldays we were dragged off on a trip to see the Tempest in Stratford. All I can remember now is that Alexei Sayle played Caliban, but obviously the other character names stayed the brain enough to be brought back with a little thought.

      • batarde said

        An inspired piece of casting, I should think.

        Are we to take it that you’re a little better disposed towards Klingsor today than heretofore? “Nap” for steal is in the current edition of Chambers – didn’t like that though.

  2. dtw42 said

    Apart from being unable to parse 8ac (and therefore unsure what the ending was going to be until 5dn went in), I was okay with the NW corner, and struggled with the NE instead. 6dn and 9ac were my last in, mainly because I couldn’t find evidence of NAP meaning steal.

  3. Somebody please put me out of my misery. How does “in good form” = himself? What am I missing?

  4. sprouthater said

    Struggled with the NW corner and 1ac remains blank, found it all a bit of a trudge to be honest.

  5. Cornick said

    My oft repeated beef is that touring productions of Shakespeare tend to be one or other of about 3 of the great man’s plays. Living in Cornwall as I do, I am still waiting for an opportunity to see King John, say, whilst The Tempest pops into one or other of our theatres on an annual basis.
    Good puzzle though. Took a while to get a foothold in the NW corner as you say, but 24a was my LOI.

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