i Cryptic Crossword 2533 Klingsor

March 22, 2019

A Saturday prize puzzle reprint today and I found it quite hard going, but that’s probably me as the solutions and parsing over on Fifteensquared all seem quite fair with just 20dn causing any concern. The wordplay for 1ac had me baffled for a long time as did the new to me 8dn which was made more difficult by having to find a woman’s name and I presume a cricketing abbreviation to arrive at the answer. Another question mark was for 21ac – it was pretty obvious that it was an anagram, but the fodder proved difficult to find as I know EG as “For Example” but here it is “For One” which I’m not sure about at all. Apart from these quibbles there were some fine surfaces and plenty of excellent misdirection. Although it’s been done before 3dn is a candidate for COD as is 25ac. In fact there are a lot of ticks so I will go with the aforementioned 3dn

Lying is what urban improver will try to do? (9)

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8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2533 Klingsor”

  1. batarde said

    Not desperately impressed with the ruler’s daughter given that there’s an alternative: it’s the “lady” which rankles because you’d think that a reasonably obscure foreign word would demand tighter wordplay. 20d is a bit debatable too. Otherwise all good, as per for Klingsor. My favourite was 10ac for its twist on the old “Beethoven’s nth” gambit.

  2. Cornick said

    Day off today, so I was thrilled to see it was a Klingsor.
    But despite some lovely clues – like 10a, say, I did think it felt a bit below par by his high standards.
    For example, having ‘the’ in both the anagram fodder and the solution at 4d seemed un-Klingsor-like; then there was the clue for 20d which seems to have confused everybody over at Fifteensquared.
    FWIW, I had it as ALIGHT, with the definition being ‘To land’, with A being provided by ‘aircraft must have first’ and LIGHT being clued by ‘taken off’, as in less weight… I’d love to hear other explanations though!

    • Cornick said

      Arrgh! Now I’m not sure about 20d at all – will check the paper tomorrow…

      • jonofwales said

        Surely it’s got to be ALIGHT, exactly as you’ve parsed it? I put it in without a second thought…

        A good puzzle I thought – half went in in no time at all, but the rest. Well the rest took quite a long time let’s say. A Saturday Prize Puzzle, in other words. I could do with something a bit lighter on a Friday, TBH, but that’s just my Friday.

  3. Barrie Cooper said

    Best of the week for me. Lots of ticks – 10, 12, 18 and 27 across, plus 3 and 11 down. Answers went in fairly smoothly until I got stuck on 9 – it’s a perfectly good clue, I just didn’t think of the Salvation Army.
    The clue at 3down is not original but still produces a little chuckle. The Eroica clue was especially pleasing with Beethoven’s Third having two uses. 20 does just about work but was my least favourite clue.
    Having done a few Guardian crosswords recently I feel we are very fortunate with the consistently high standard of crosswords in the I – another reason (if we needed one) never to return to the G.

  4. Wanderlust said

    Not at all happy with 20d. I am in the alight camp on this one if only because it seems the less spurious of two spurious options, but… there were some good clues that more than made up for it.

  5. dtw42 said

    Okay – I found *most* of this far more amenable than I personally usually expect with Klingsor. 10ac I thought was jolly clever, and 12ac got a nod of respectful admiration for especial sneakiness.


    Couldn’t parse 20dn, so I ended up in the “well pick one” group who plumped for ALIGHT.

    Got stuck at the end on three in the NE corner, so resorted to electronic assistance for 8dn (not impressed at all), then 5ac (okay, fair enough but would never have got it unaided) and then 6dn (yeah, I should have got that one).

  6. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Went for ALIGHT too, on the grounds Cornick stated, but without much conviction. Otherwise fairly straightforward, I thought.

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