i Cryptic Crossword 2514 Klingsor

February 28, 2019

An Independent Thursday reprint, and one from Klingsor, so it’s a little challenging, but not I found especially so. More a case here really of answers going in, but not always necessarily knowing why. 22ac needed a little help from the dictionary after guessing the first half and deciding I had little hope with the wordplay and an evidently unknown word. The inventor referenced at 6d was a complete unknown, but thankfully the answer was pretty straightforward. Elsewhere I made a bit of a hash of the NW corner by foolishly lobbing in TAP DANCER and taking an age to spot the error of my ways. 4d was an unknown that was as clearly signposted by the cryptic as you would like, which is as it should be. Finish time a little above par for the i.

Lots of ticks in a thoroughly entertaining puzzle – 12d, 20d and 7d all went down well – with my COD going to 15ac – “Bumble, aka David Lloyd, first of all to enter competition (6)”.

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19 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2514 Klingsor”

  1. Topsy said

    I don’t understand 15a at all!

    • jonofwales said

      First letters from “aka David Lloyd” ADL inside BEE for eg. spelling bee, to give you a Dicken’s character.

  2. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    First letters of aka David Lloyd are ADL, inside BEE, being a competition as in a spelling bee. Mr Bumble was the Beadle, an official of the workhouse, in Oliver Twist. Memorably Harry Seacombe, for those of us of a certain age…

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I agree with Jon ofwales that this was challenging, but not nearly as hard as I feared on my first read-through. Although I had to resort to electronic lists a few times, it was good fun, satisfying and enjoyable.

    I too lazily entered TAP DANCER, but fairly quickly changed it when I couldn’t see the wordplay. AQUEOUS HUMOUR I guessed when a few crossers were in, without having any idea how it worked, and I think this is unfairly clued, even if it was gettable from the definition; how anyone could think of “a querulous humour” is beyond me.

    On the other hand I loved the clues for DUMBWAITER and GAUGUIN.

  4. Topsy said

    Thanks, I see it now….

  5. Barrie Cooper said

    The name Klingsor always produces a slight frisson (of both fear and anticipation). On a first quick read, 1 across looked impossible, and it took me until 27 before solving anything, and after ten minutes my grid was alarmingly bare.

    However, a couple of breakthroughs (11 and 15), and quite suddenly I was making quick progress, “cheating” only on 12 and 1a, so in the end it took about half an hour.

    It is an extremely entertaining puzzle with so many clever clues – 15, 17, both 1s, 12, 14 and 21 all seem to me to be outstanding. Maybe 12 appealed most with its irrelevant hint of Pinter.

    The best I puzzle for ages – Lots of good things and absolutely no quibbles!

  6. batarde said

    Yet another top drawer puzzle from Klingsor, which was either much gentler than usual or I’m getting the hang of him. The only real hold up was right at the end, staring blankly at 12d before the forehead slapping moment of realisation. 22ac was delightfully sneaky too, but agreed on the COD. Michael: Mr Bumble will always be Neddy Seagoon to me, too. 🙂

  7. Wanderlust said

    Not sure why, but I didn’t find this as satisfying as those earlier in what has been a good week so far. Perhaps it’s Klingsor’s style that doesn’t sit so well because although the answers went in OK after a bit of head scratching, at no time did I think “that’s a great clue” – they just seemed to be convoluted rather than clever if you know what I mean.

  8. dtw42 said

    Mixed bag here. Relatively smooth in the upper half, struggled in the lower; needed electronic assistance to get going again. Similar overall opinion as that Wanderlust’s already expressed. But then regulars here will know how well I get on with Klingsor’s style :-/

  9. dtw42 said

    By the way – I spent last night compiling an antidote to the soccery references/ninas we’ve been getting this week.


    • jonofwales said

      Ooh, I’ll be giving that a proper look later.

      • Cornick said

        Ha! That’s brilliant. How do you do it so quick? Takes me ages… I happen to like the beautiful game, but I also liked your Nina, which I spotted about half way through.
        All good solid clues, and a few good laughs in there too. Notable favourites included 6d, 21d and 11a.
        I once had that rodent disease clued in almost the same way, but was persuaded that no-one would know the sloth (I did) so went for ‘Rodent disease detected in a child’s stomach’ instead. Wish I’d stuck to my guns now!

    • batarde said

      Something to look forward to. Thank you.

    • Michaelatcobblerscottage said

      Fantastic! Very enjoyable. Impressed by the long anagrams. Some lovely surfaces. More, please!

  10. Wanderlust said

    Cheers dtw42!

  11. dtw42 said

    Thanks, all 🙂

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