i Cryptic Crossword 3057 Kairos

November 24, 2020

Not one of those hitting the ground running days this time: my first one in was the funny tuber at 13ac. When that sort of thing turns up early on there’ll generally be more weirdness to follow, but no, not really. There’s 28ac, which really is a word but only if your dictionary is compiled on historical principles and takes up a couple of yards of shelf space, and that’s about it for eyebrow-raisers. In the end it wasn’t much of a struggle after all, and whilst I wouldn’t say it’s the most fun I’ve had hunched over a clipboard in an armchair for a month of Sundays, it was an entertaining enough puzzle and the theme is something a bit different.

Word association time. If I say “George”, what do you immediately think? “The Third”; “and Dragon”, “Formby” perhaps? Not 8d I’ll warrant, which might be a good thing, and at any rate it got a snort. Surfaces are by and large laudable, which partly excuses what to my mind was rather too generous a helping of anagrams. Mustn’t grumble though, and in truth there’s very little to complain of except for a slightly pedestrian feel. That might be just in contrast to yesterday’s. Does this mean that I’m stumped for a COD? Oh no: 18ac will do very nicely, thank you:

“Maybe picture how Tartar becomes sailor! (8,3)”

For once I have no objection to the exclamation mark. 3d was rather fun too, incidentally, especially given the theme. Bertandjoyce did the Fifteensquared blogging honours back in August 2016 so it’s a comprehensive job, and there’s an apology from Kairos. Should bally well think so too.

13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3057 Kairos”

  1. jonofwales said

    An odd solve here – finished in a pretty nippy time as is often the case with Kairos, but I still had no idea what all the 15d stuff was getting at until I checked Fifteensquared, so felt a little unsatisfied at the close. Perhaps I’m just being more than usually dim today!

    • Cornick said

      One of those that accompanied childhood car journeys along with ‘The Quartermaster’s Stores’ and ‘You’ll Never Get to Heaven’, so very much enjoyed in a nostalgic sort of a way.
      I see they’ve rewritten 3d – it now parses as PR Ed[itor] + EC (city) + EASE. But I’m sure you knew that 🙂
      The COD was good wasn’t it, and is indeed a rare instance of a justified exclamation mark, which is to be taken, I believe, as setter’s code for ‘this one’s a bit of a curved ball’.

  2. Denzo said

    Really enjoyed this although I spent far too long. Quite agree on CoD – it wasn’t until I had the A and T of ART that I realised that it wasn’t a simple matter of halving TARTAR. LOI was Calculus – I didn’t know it was also tartar.

    Am I alone in having cracked all the SWALLOWED creatures before the word itself? HORSE came first then I saw a possibility for SPIDER but couldn’t see any connection. The penny dropped when I saw FLY; the other creatures were then found and eventually the keyword. Couldn’t remember the GOAT, but it had to be – so off to google now!

  3. thebargee said

    I nearly gave up early on this, as I’m not really a fan of all this cross-referencing malarkey, but I gave it a go and ended up quite enjoying it, albeit after much frustrated grumbling.

    Like batarde, my FOI was EDDO, then I thought I ought to think about 15dn, which came readily enough. After COW, CAT and DOG went in, I was really getting annoyed at my inability to spot the connection, and it was only after SPIDER that I remembered Burl Ives singing that song. All the other 15dn references went straight in after that and the remaining clues followed, although of course I failed to parse 3d (my LOI), but I was grateful that for once ‘Go’ in the clue didn’t mean ‘PEE’ in the answer!

    • Denzo said

      Actually, I saw P_E_E_E____ before working out the other letters.

      Interesting that everyone remembers it as a song. I also remember my grandmother reciting the poem to me as a child, which must have been years before somebody copyrighted a version in 1952 (according to Wikipedia). Thanks to Burl Ives, this must have been a lucrative bit of plagiarism!

  4. Saboteur said

    I found this quite challenging for some reason – but in a good and enjoyable way. Took me ages to spot the connection and to get the gateway word.

    However, I did learn something about edible tubers and another meaning of calculus.

  5. Willow said

    It’s not very often that I get to post a comment on the day the puzzle was actually set – (perhaps regular bloggers might understand that we don’t all have the luxury of being able to spend an extended relaxing breakfast poring over a crossword) – but I did actually enjoy this very much, and I twigged the theme after spotting HORSE and FLY. PREDECEASE caused a few frowns before it dawned on me that it might be some sort of slang, and I then had to resort to t’internet to discover more. Surface readings were very elegant – if you ignore the fact that several include “15D,” a device which I always find uncomfortable. It is quite possible for a setter to find a way around that. Otherwise, very satisfying indeed. Thank you Kairos!

  6. dtw42 said

    Hmm. I had a very busy day’s work so didn’t get to even start this until evening over dinner, and thus have only just finished. I found it fairly tough; got 15dn relatively early on but had to get about 5 of the animals before I twigged as to what they had to do with it. All in all I found it quite irritating; perhaps I’m just in a funny mood. Yes, 18 was clever though.

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