i Cryptic Crossword 2438 Klingsor

November 30, 2018

A Saturday prize puzzle reprint from Klingsor which proved a fairly rapid solve even if quite a few went in without fully understanding why, the two main culprits being 7dn and 10ac which figure largely in the posts over on Fifteensquared,  although personally I found the cryptic part of 26ac far more vague than those two even though the answer was obvious once the checkers were in. Similarly 24ac where the solver is expected to dredge up an actress, all I could think of was mint cake which was of no help. The rest of it was fine – a couple of old chestnuts with the treaty at 13 dn and the princess at 19ac, a dubious homophone at 8dn, and a face palm moment at 2dn all adding up to a fairly satisfying puzzle.

COD?  17ac – “After opening of Savoy Hotel stops for a drink (8)”

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2438 Klingsor”

  1. batarde said

    Damned with faint praise, eh? Well I enjoyed myself anyway, and thought every clue was watertight. There being only the five halogens from which to choose, “vague” seems harsh: that would have been solved much more quickly had I not got them mixed up with the noble gases, thus confirming my chemistry teacher’s low opinion of my abilities. (I didn’t think much of him, either). Agreed on the COD.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Enjoyable and rewarding. I too had no idea how FOAM worked, and put it in after an electronic search, which is rarely satisfying. PROFILE posed no problem for me, so I already had the O.

    I meant to look up the two halogens once I had seen the obvious answer from the crossers, but forgot. (I had guessed TALC anyway as it is the first – only? – four-letter mineral that springs to my mind).

    The homophone for SUMMERTIME seemed weak, and I thought MAASTRICHT could also have been clued as a homophone with little alteration to the clue.

    COD for me was DELIBERATION.

  3. Cornick said

    One of the comments that appears on Big Dave’s site with alarming regularity is ‘Proof that a crossword doesn’t have to be hard to be enjoyable’ – which, cliche or no, summed up my sentiments exactly.
    Until the last two, that is.
    Put me down as another who stared vacantly at 7d/ 10a for far too long. However I did eventually remember the Tom/ Pro bit of Crosswordese (we’ve had it before I think), and all was well.
    Excellent puzzle from a master setter.

  4. jonofwales said

    I’m glad I wasn’t alone on the crossing of 7d and 10ac, I thought I was just losing my touch. As so many of us struggled, perhaps it’s safe to say both clues could have done with a second look. Apart from that enjoyable enough, though I didn’t get a chance to look at it until pretty late in the day.

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