i Cryptic Crossword 2461 Klingsor

December 28, 2018

Our esteemed Friday blogger has locked himself away in his sprout-proof bunker for the duration of the festivities, so I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with me instead. Today we have a Klingsor, a name to strike dread into the hearts of some, but this reprinted Saturday prize puzzle seemed to me exceptionally mild by his standards so one hopes that everybody will be happy.

A score of nine on the tickometer is highly unusual, so either seasonal goodwill has got the better of me or this was a particularly fine crossword. Cornick has often remarked that the key to solving a Klingsor is simply to follow the instructions to the letter, and that’s certainly the case here with everything resolving itself like clockwork. There were a couple of quibbles over at Fifteensquared exactly five years ago, concerning the spelling of 12ac (I went for the “s” but reckon a “z” would be equally admissible for those who approve of such things) and the possibility of an alternative solution for 15ac. Comments on those two are invited, and whilst we’re at it there’s the matter of the “police” in 22ac. Otherwise, plenty of goodies to enjoy, my personal favourites being 2, 7, 8, 18 and 23d. My COD is the aforementioned 12ac, which fully deserves its exclamation mark:

“Imagine the volume of some pop on the radio! (9)”

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2461 Klingsor”

  1. dtw42 said

    Okay, well I managed most of it much more happily than I usually do with Klingsor. But the same few caused brow furrowing here. 12ac was my last one; in fact I resorted to a wordfinder for that one. Shortly before that I was grumbling over 15ac where all I could see was POTENT (just like Andy B and Simon Harris over on 15²) but didn’t like it much – so I used the wordfinder to see a list of alternatives there too – spotted the right one among them thankfully and entered that instead. Glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like ‘police’ as an anagram indicator.

  2. Cornick said

    I’m happy with police as an anagrind – Collins has it as ‘to regulate, control or keep in order’ which seems a bit like coralline or shepherding – but then again, would ‘shepherd’ be an acceptable anagrind?
    I’ m also pretty tolerant compared to some when it comes to homophones – consider the far greater latitude that’s given across the top line of the Quick crossword, for example. To say ‘Fanta’s Size’ we don’t say ‘Fanta’s’ then start again with ‘Size’ , we do what’s called ‘hold and release’ – like ‘Black Cat’ being said ( if you analyse it) ‘Bla-Kat’. So I’d say 12a is okay too.
    But then again, I am a bit of a fan . 🙂

  3. Topsy said

    Nothing to grumble about…. Am I mellowing in my old age?

  4. jonofwales said

    A good, fun solve. Nothing too difficult, no quibbles, lots to appreciate. 😀 Thankfully, as the Christmas fun continued today with a gas leak that is now thankfully fixed. But still… Brrr.

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