i Cryptic Crossword 2485 Klingsor

January 25, 2019

So Klingsor to end the working week with a puzzle that I found to be of about average difficulty, though with it must be said a load of question marks at the close. Prime culprits in the not understood stakes were 18d, 17ac, 5ac and 7d. But let’s just say I got lucky there and elsewhere lobbing in answers based on partial understanding of the wordplay. The long answers to the top and bottom of the grid helped, as did the relative lack of anything obscure. Apart from 20d that is, which I needed to look up. The bard. Pah. A puzzle overall that rewarded patience and a little diligence.

COD? Lots to like, my nomination going to 16d – “Guitarist (in the style of J ‘endrix) defending troops (8)”, where for me at least the definition wasn’t where I expected to find it.

Once more to the autumn of 2014:


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2485 Klingsor”

  1. batarde said

    That’s four particularly enjoyable crosswords in a row, and this is a fine one to round off the week, I think. Absorbing stuff: not too difficult but needing some careful unpicking in places, and with some especially nicely phrased clues. 3d and 28ac stood out for me.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Challenging but very enjoyable.

    I got stuck in the SW corner for a while. I had written in TEAS at 21A, without double-checking. This meant I was looking for a non-existent cheese for 18D using an anagram of sort, TA and c. Didn’t work, obviously. Last one in was LAERTES. I decided that it must be the answer without being able to work out why, missing that “Will’s part” could mean a Shakespearean role. I could only think of Odysseus’s father.

  3. Wanderlust said

    Got there in the end after a bad start having entered “LDOH” for 10A at the beginning instead of LOHD. Logic prevailed but I thought a few were pretty spurious.

  4. Cornick said

    Some great surface readings and a quicker solve than many a Klingsor, even if there was a bit of a sting in the tail for me in the far SE corner. Unfortunately I have a bit of a blind spot when two consecutive components of wordplay are reversed using just one reversal indicator (as in 28a, 20d). Must do better!

  5. dtw42 said

    Finished in reasonable time – which is good for me when K is setting. Agree with JoW about most of the not-really-getting-the-parsing ones (except 5ac; I was fine with that). I traditionally call those ones “DUH”, which stands for “don’t understand how”. Fine with 20dn, but didn’t like 13ac much.

  6. AndyO said

    A bit like yesterday – a toughie but enjoyable enough – glad I wasn’t the only one who whacked ‘teas’ in before engaging brain…

  7. David Cook said

    22ac ‘microscope’ for an anagram of ‘comic operas’. Can anyone explain this, please?

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