i Cryptic Crossword 2360 Klingsor

August 31, 2018

A reprint of a Saturday prize puzzle and on the tougher side I thought. Not that there were any obscurities or definitions that required checking in the big red book, just a setter with a gift for devious misdirection and wordplay, anagrams with well concealed anagrinds and others like 9ac where the redundant “movie” had me looking for an anagram. I started slowly with only 5ac and 26ac going in but the down clues proved more productive and speeded things up slightly until most were solved, although quite a few not fully parsed. Which is where we turn to Fifteensquared where Bertandjoyce do an admirable job of explaining it all. My LOI’s in were 28ac, another that the wordplay had me convinced it was an anagram, and the clever 24dn. No real complaints with any of this puzzle although the A = acting in 2dn got a slight tut, but that was overwhelmed by all the ticks. While 4dn and 11ac deserve mention, COD is 22ac:

In sports, nobody has a beard? Be carefull what you say! (5,4,4)

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2360 Klingsor”

  1. batarde said

    I fully expected Tees / Hephaestos to be the runaway winner this week, but this is just as good and a sight more accessible. Excellent throughout, absorbing and everything one could wish for on a Friday. Quite a few pitfalls for the unwary, including experienced solvers, which added to the fun. It’s a shame that 24d isn’t really COD material on account of the cross link, because it was quite inspired. A good crossword week, all told.

  2. jonofwales said

    I might not have understood everything while solving, but I finished this pretty quickly. Perhaps I solve better when a state of exhaustion. Whose idea was it to get the latest train back last night? 😉 Lots to enjoy, a very nice end to the working week.

  3. Cornick said

    Very much my kind of puzzle – nothing remotely obscure but masses of misdirection. Yet all the clues had a clear path to their solutions once you looked hard enough. Lovely!

  4. dtw42 said

    Slow start for me. I think I see this setter’s name and it immediately puts me in the wrong frame of mind. However, when I came back to it in the evening much of the rest suddenly became clearer and the solve sped up, thankfully. Agreed on the COD.

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