i Cryptic Crossword 2604 Klingsor

June 17, 2019

So, due to Friday’s “production error”, more commonly known as a cock-up, we have a bumper day for cryptics in today’s i. Klingsor’s offering is a Thursday reprint, and scheduled for the end of the week, so as expected it’s a little on the tough side, but thoroughly enjoyable throughout it must be said. Several obscurities in the grid slowed me down somewhat – the amusingly named SACKBUT for starters, and an instrument of an entirely different kind at 17d that could have ended LABE or BALE as far as I was concerned so required a dictionary check. Well done if you were aware of it. The badger I sort of knew, ditto the river and the French city, the source of oil I didn’t, but what else could it be? I solved today’s Quixote first, figuring it was the Monday puzzle proper, so perhaps I wasn’t as sharp as I might have been, but I finished this in a comparatively slow time for Klingsor, and definitely so for the i.

Lots to like, with ticks beside 13ac, 27ac, and 23ac (and I could go on at length – yes, this was a good puzzle!), with COD going to 25ac – “Embarrassed? I lost twice to a kid!”.

To February 2015 for the answers and parsing of the clues:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2604 Klingsor”

  1. batarde said

    Right, let’s have another go. The comments thingy is acting all strange again. It’s gratifying that the i values us crossword types enough to print two today, so that’s a good show. Klingsor is always welcome, and this one seemed just a little more tractable than usual, and none the worse for it. Well done Jon for doing double duty today.

  2. dtw42 said

    It was easier for me than it could/should have been, because last Friday they DID publish the solution grid for this, and I spent a little while back then looking at some of the words and trying to make my own clues for them (didn’t get a long way with that though … “Medical bill in America’s increased (5-2)”). Thankfully my memory is rotten. I think “honey badger”=RATEL is going to be one of those dead-giveaway definitions like “lockjaw”=TETANUS. Astrolabe I did know: it’s like an orrery that’s been sat on 😛

  3. sprouthater said

    It’s hard enough being on holiday without having to fit two crossword puzzles in however I did them in chronological order. The musical instruments were familiar enough but a few others went in without parsing all good though. For some reason 4dn seemed very familiar.

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Got a bit stuck at the bottom when I inadvertently entered NIL instead of LIN next to the SEED I had already put in . Otherwise, no complaints and good fun!

  5. Cornick said

    Unfortunately I remembered 2 or 3 of the best ones from having searched for this puzzle last week, but nevertheless what a great puzzle! Klingsor really is one of my very favourites – absolutely no doubt about anything at the end and the level of difficulty – as well as the vocab – pitched just right to give a good fight without being intractable. Terrific.

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