i Cryptic Crossword 2527 Kairos

March 15, 2019

We end the working week with a fairly straightforward but nonetheless enjoyable Monday reprint, which I suspect most regular solvers will have finished perhaps too quickly. I started well with 1ac going straight in and worked steadily down the grid pausing twice, once to Google Sir Henry Cecil and secondly to Google the Barchester chaplain. This obscurity is the main bone of contention over on Fifteensquared and as I had to Google it I’m obviously in the too obscure camp.  It was the SE corner that caused me most problems though – 20dn was a hat that was new to me, and 21dn where, having the U and the T in I, I initially guessed at uncouth which seems to me to be more slobbish than unkempt. It was only when I remembered that American truck drivers were called teamsters that all of this became clear and 26ac went in. The setter seems to like American words as 6dn relies on us knowing that they call “Wind” “Gas”.

For COD – well, 1ac and 6dn both got ticks but it goes to 8dn which I thought the cleverest:

Prepare retrospective broadcast for 19:31? (5,4)

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2527 Kairos”

  1. Cornick said

    Yes, that did have a decidedly Monday feel to it. LHS fairly flew in.
    My two new bits of general knowledge were ‘teamster’ and that flatulent Frenchman.

  2. jonofwales said

    I’m guessing I must be suffering from a bad case of Friday-itis then because I struggled throughout. The Barchester chaplain and French flatulence artist I thought were needlessly obscure, and I’m never good on state codes, but the rest in retrospect was just me being a bit slow. On 1ac I got hung up on BAKE…, and had forgotten how to spell the toy. Thank the gods for an imminent lie-in.

  3. batarde said

    Easier on the left, and I finished in the north east. Didn’t trouble myself to check on Sir Henry or the Frenchman, but might as well do that in a moment; on the other hand I did know the chaplain and the American truckers, so not flying completely blind – quite. All quite satisfying, but this has felt like a rather low key crossword week by recent standards.

  4. dtw42 said

    Low-key describes it nicely I think.
    I’ve had a day off (blessed relief given yesterday’s work, TBH) so had a clear run at this over breakfast. Not *too* tricky, the SE corner held out longest for me.
    I *was* familiar – somehow – with Le Pétomane. The Barchester chaplain rang a vague sort of bell, but I did google the name in my head for confirmation (thankfully it was correct).
    The toy at 25ac went in unparsed, though, I must confess.

    Do we think a time will ever come when setters will abandon ‘gangster’=AL ?

  5. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Yes, quite straightforward, but none the worse for that – enjoyable and satisfying.

    I too resorted to Google only twice, to check on Sir Henry Cecil and Le Petomane. My general knowledge has improved accordingly ☺.

    I struggled with MECCANO for a while, before it clicked that Number one clued ‘me’, the crossing O misleading me.

  6. Wanderlust said

    Very enjoyable. Have to say I knew about Pujol and his illustrious career as I am a very sad man who is far too easily amused.

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