i Cryptic Crossword 2414 Klingsor

November 2, 2018

We finish the working week with a Saturday prize puzzle reprint from Klingsor whose wordplay and misdirection left me scratching my head for far too long. 1ac is a prime example of this, solved from the definition and enumeration it was only in hindsight that I realized “High” was an anagrid. Much the same was 2dn – an obvious anagram but how was the solver to know that eBay was to become “e cove”?ย  27ac was another that went in from the definition alone, although the “sons + time” anagram was fairly obvious but the rest of it a bit obscure to me. Much of this puzzle was in a similar vein. Fortunately there aren’t many obscurities – only a poet at 8dn and the answer at 20dn needed checking.

Everything seemed fair but the construction of the clues made it a very stiff challenge. It’s all resolved over onย Fifteensquaredย  although I still don’t really understand 1dn.

For COD I have a few choices all from the more straightforward sort of clues – 10ac or 12ac would do – but I think 26ac just takes it

One son comes down for Christmas and Easter, perhaps (7)


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2414 Klingsor”

  1. Topsy said

    I really enjoyed this one although I had to use electronic help. 1d is literal as in printing meaning error. Typo with H for heroin + id.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I too really enjoyed this. Just right for me. I solved it from the bottom up, and like sprouthater I got 1A from the definition alone once I had most of the checking letters and only then began to see the word-play. I had no idea how to parse PROFANE at 9A, although had no doubts about he answer. I’d forgotten about gam = school in 16D, so was a bit perplexed for a while there, and I wasn’t particularly impressed by ex = examined in EXUDE at 7D. Otherwise it was a pleasure to do this one. A relief after yesterday…

  3. batarde said

    Top drawer puzzle from Klingsor as usual, with the top half less tractable than the bottom. No assistance required, although my lip still curls at “gam”, for which I blame Herman Melville. In addition to the worthy COD 17d got a particularly emphatic tick.

  4. jonofwales said

    Most definitely on the challenging side, though I got there in the end. Last in the poet, not surprisingly. Who? ๐Ÿ˜‰ A good puzzle, but I can’t help but wish that Saturday prize puzzle reprints were, indeed kept for Saturdays where they’re better placed. This one took lunchtime and a bit longer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wanderlust said

    Late getting round to this today but instantly thought 1ac would be the dog’s…erm…hang on a cotton pickin’ minute….I have a letter too many. Having switched domestic pets in midstream and worked out why it went fairly well thereafter, but don’t tell me the mutz nutz didn’t cross anyone else’s mind at first glance. Or maybe it’s just me that needs help.
    Haven’t heard of gam in that context before either as I never got round to reading MD but we live and learn. All in all pretty good today.

    • batarde said

      Nope, that didn’t occur to me, but it might have if the compiler was Punk. ๐Ÿ™‚ The OED has a range of meanings for “gam”, not all of them suitable for the drawing room. Melville’s was “a social meeting among whalers at sea” which stuck with me for some reason, but in crosswords it always seems to be “a herd or school of whales (later also of porpoises)”.

    • jonofwales said

      It was though my first thought. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Cornick said

    What I call a Nibbler, in that I nibbled away at it a bit at a time, never quickly, but each clue eventually succumbed once the wordplay had been considered in enough different ways.
    Breakthrough came with remembering that Swindon is indeed in Wiltshire – that gave a start for 27a and then it all fell into place piece by piece.
    Very satisfying to finish – I am slowly, but very reluctantly, coming to accept words like gam, lam, ide and the rest.

  7. dtw42 said

    Just finished this (7.30pm). Tough for me, needed to refer to Bradfords for help in a few places. The NW corner was last to fall – specifically 1ac (no, dog’s… didn’t occur to me … for a long time NOTHING occurred to me for that because I couldn’t see the def) and then 3, 4 and 5dn.

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