i Cryptic Crossword 2899 by Klingsor

May 23, 2020

After a week dominated by some new guard Libertarians like Donk, Rorschach and Knut, it was reassuring to see Klingsor’s name on this weekend’s puzzle – a setter who tends towards the Ximinean end of things and most definitely always follows Afrit’s famous injunction:  ‘You need not mean what you say, but you must say what you mean’.

Which is not to say we didn’t have plenty of creativity in the mix today. My Last One In was 19d ANAGRAM clued by ‘Her vet Betsy is one of the very best’ which was brilliant, and well-deserving of CoD status, despite the fact we had something a bit similar (from Anax was it?) a couple of months back. However my top award goes to this example of a 19d, which shows it is possible for a clue to be both easy and delightful:

11d Never tiring of being a fat, idle drunk (13)

Also worthy of note were 16a FLOUNCE, with a very plausible surface reading, a nifty bit of misdirection for the anagram fodder in 4d BOSWORTH FIELD and more good clues for 10a, 12a, 24a… well lots of them really.

That having been said, I did struggle to parse 22d whilst solving – I suppose it’s impress as in what a press gang does.

Here is the 2016 blog with all the answers from mc_rapper, who I’m pleased to say liked pretty much the same clues as I did. 🙂

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2899 by Klingsor”

  1. saboteur said

    Agreed, Cornick, some very nifty cluing. ANAGRAM was superb, and the other clues you mentioned were ones I liked, too.

    As for GRATIS, I did parse it in the end, but “gat” at least, and possibly “piece” are perhaps rather too dated these days. The ones I couldn’t parse were DEAD LOSS and CASTIGATION. “Leaders in trade” is a very clever way of implying a Spoonerism, and I didn’t see it. I’d never heard of “cation” but, lo and behold, there it is when I google it.

    Good stuff.

  2. Topsy said

    Dac apart, the past week’s offerings have resulted in irritation rather than pleasure. For the most part, I enjoyed today’s solve despite a complete botch up in the SW corner. I liked 5a for its silliness as well as 14d. Have a nice weekend and a pleasant Blank Holiday Monday 😀

  3. jonofwales said

    Now that was more like it – a challenging, fair, thoroughly enjoyable puzzle. I probably wasn’t on top form while solving this morning, but knew throughout that I could trust the wordplay and get to the answer, if more slowly than is usual. 🙂

  4. batarde said

    Well, that was immaculate. Three ticks for 19d because I just love those, and I thought 2d was rather unusually sophisticated too. Saboteur said exactly what was on my mind about 22d, but sometimes those old fashioned crosswordisms are pleasing in their familiarity. Interestingly, 21d is under patent, and presumably therefore a trademark.

    Amusing to see Messrs Goodliffe and Anthony on page 3, the latter being compared to Alan Partridge which will please him no end, I’m sure. Clearly sudoku is far more hip than cryptic crosswords these days.

    • dtw42 said

      Oh, ha – I found myself watching their Miracle Sudoku video this morning … without having even seen the feature on page 3.

  5. dtw42 said

    I failed on 2dn (oops) and couldn’t parse 29ac so had that only pencilled in (didn’t seem there was anything else it could be but I just didn’t understand the wordplay). Apart from those two, all lovely.
    When clueing FLOUNCE in the past I’ve been unable to resist the lure of the liquid measure.

  6. thebargee said

    Well that was a great way to spend Sunday morning, especially after last week’s failures. I just knew it was going to be my day when, on an initial pass through the grid, I read the clue for 11d and instantly knew the answer! It doesn’t happen very often.
    I failed to parse 1d (something to do with the ‘s maybe?) and 29 across. Also couldn’t parse 23a, my LOI, odd because I’d already written in ASTAIRE which has a similar device.

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