i Cryptic Crossword 2719 Klingsor

October 25, 2019

Yesterday Jon commented on how easy he found that day’s offering; I struggled with at least part of it, and so did one or two others, I believe. Consequently, all I am going to say is that today I must be on Klingsor’s wavelength.

This seemed to be an enjoyable romp which was all over a bit too quickly. Most answers went in fairly readily, although I did have to work on the parsing of one or two answers. Most were resolved without qualification, but two of them irked me. Should the “house” in 15d – the easily-got YORKSHIRE – be “houses”? There would be no detriment to the surface reading of the clue if it were, and the grammar of the instruction to insert would then be correct. And what is “lassie” doing in 13a? I’m still not sure, despite considering the musings on Fifteensquared.

I was temporarily stalled by an imagined “speed bump” at 1d, which I put in while saying to myself “I’ll go back and parse it later”. When the crossing 14a refused to yield I spotted my mistake.

5d and 10d are joint runners-up,but the prize today I award to 17d: “One at party making cryptic threat? (3,6)”. It made me smile and was nicely done.

First appearance in August 2015: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/08/13/independent-8995-klingsor/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2719 Klingsor”

  1. Topsy said

    Phew, I actually enjoyed this one for a change. I still have no idea where lassie comes in at 13a. The answer has never been part of my vocab but I am getting used to it and if you will pardon the pun, it’s often my go to answer when I see the word wee. 😀

  2. batarde said

    Mostly good enjoyable stuff; however, since this puzzle will get praised to the rafters as per, I shall essay a few curmudgeonly comments. There seems to be a lot of American terminology and slang in this crossword: GI, rap, can, ice and, heaven help us, Veep. That “house” got a question mark from me too, later crossed out but it doesn’t feel quite right, and the “lassie” just muddies the waters. And finally, using “surgeon” = “ch” instead of the boring but serviceable “companion” smacks of wilful obscurantism. On the positive side of the equation, pretty much everything else.

    For me it’s between Donk and Hob for the 13ac slot this week, with the latter winning by a whisker.

  3. Cornick said

    Another I’d describe as solid today, and towards the easier end for Klingsor.
    Agreed on COD. Felt ‘house’ was okay because Y and HIRE work together to house (w)ORKS, no?
    Lassie did seem uncommonly whimsical for this setter – Lulu at Number One perhaps?

  4. jonofwales said

    Good as ever from Klingsor, solved half in a car park during what passed for my lunchtime, and half on finishing work, so I didn’t get a clear run at it.

    Agreed with the comments above on CH which I have encountered before but just seems willfully obscure. The only other I struggled to parse was 14ac, my LOI, though at the close it could be little else.

    Yep, I was sure it must have been SPEED BUMP too, but for once I took the trouble to check the wordplay before chucking it in.

    Have a good weekend, everybody, and many thanks to Michael for the blog.

  5. dtw42 said

    Okay, all but the last four or five went in swiftly and happily for me. Some of the same slight issues as raised by everyone else above. I didn’t understand can=REAR, but the def & crossers meant it couldn’t be owt else. By the time I gave 1dn full attention, I’d already got 14ac so wasn’t tripped up by a BUMP, thankfully.
    My assumption re 13ac was as per RatkojaRiku’s 3-def parsing.

    • batarde said

      “Ain’t no use bringin’ no jive to me,
      Your southern can is mine in the mornin’,
      Your southern can belongs to me”.

      Blind Willie McTell, so we’re talking venerable deep South slang. Now widely superseded, one assumes, by Sprouthater’s despised “ass”.

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