i Cryptic Crossword 3183 Knut

April 21, 2021

We reach mid-week not with Dac, but with a Saturday reprint courtesy of Knut. This was on the easy side as such puzzles go, though there’s a bit of odd general knowledge at 17ac courtesy of a ghost theme involving 9ac 21ac that I’m guessing most solvers missed. I did too, but still enjoyed what was an interesting, engaging solve that I’m guessing will be a crowd pleaser. There were a couple I didn’t parse on solving, and I made a right meal of working out which particular EDWARD was required at 26ac (I never did spot that it was a very well hidden answer!), but the rest went in with little ado. First in 12d having started as per in the bottom right hand corner, last in 21ac, finish time a little under par for the i.

COD? Just because I’m utterly flabbergasted at how well hidden the answer was, 26ac – “Mixed ward? These conditions are fit for the King! (6,3,6)”.

To September 2016 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


21 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3183 Knut”

  1. tonnelier said

    A really interesting, varied challenge which appealed to me a lot. I suppose some solvers spotted the brilliantly concealed monarch in 26? I didn’t, and now of course it seems so obvious. I also gave enthusiastic ticks to 12/24 and 19.

    Solving time a bit below average, EXCEPT 18, which is a really poor clue and which I don’t think I would ever have solved – Queen of the South for ERS just won’t do in my book.

  2. Saboteur said

    Astonishing what you learn from crosswords, isn’t it? I’m now ready to answer any questions that might come up about cannibalism among early nineteenth century North American whaling communities should that crop up in my next zoom quiz session…

    A bit chewier than I expected, but not indigestibly so. I did like MOUNTAIN ASH, and I too am another who was perplexed for a while about the brilliantly hidden EDWARD THE SECOND.

    Enjoyable, entertaining and distinctly informative.

  3. Denzo said

    Mostly enjoyed, but rather frustrated at the end, as 9/21a and 8d went in without really understanding why. I had looked in Wikipedia for people named OWEN, but COFFIN wasn’t listed. After I finished I followed the link on 225 to the gruesome tale.

    However COD was brilliant. I was expenting ###### AND ######, but before a second look had fillied in MOUNTAIN ASH, so it had to be Name THE Nth. I looked at then clue again and was gobsmacked when it came out.

  4. Veronica said

    Having got OWEN and COFFIN, I looked it up to make sure such a person existed. That gave me NANTUCKET of course! And the other theme links then became apparent.
    A somewhat gruesome theme, but rather neat.
    Husband helped with those I couldn’t do, like football grounds.
    As for 26 across – absolutely astounding and brilliant. We did see it, and immediately awarded it a triple tick. Undoubtedly my CoD, too.

    • Denzo said

      I thought everyone knew about Nantucket! All I know is an incompletely remembered limerick about someone “who set out to sea in a bucket.”

      • Veronica said

        Ah. Never underestimate my ignorance. 😉. I have heard of it, but not so much I’d ever have got it without help.

      • Topsy said

        Denzo that’s the one that sprang to mind! I did make the connection with the album “Nantucket Sleighride” by Mountain. I hadn’t thought about it until now, 40 odd years later. Another nugget to store away for future quizzes!

  5. batarde said

    The theme might as well have been tailor made for me, and I think I spotted the lot. Three cheers for Topsy, who nailed the one I was positive everybody would miss – that interminable slab of early 1970s hard rock a fragment of which used to introduce “Weekend World”. Coffin, incidentally, is a common surname in Nantucket, this being one of the many useful nuggets of information one gains from “Moby-Dick”, the plot of which was inspired by the Essex incident. If anyone fancies an engrossing and much shorter read, may I recommend “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick?

    Regarding the crossword, very much enjoyed that, thank you Knut. I have to concur with Jon of Whales on the COD, which is quite something; my personal favourite was 15ac because it made me feel dead clever for “remembering” that bit of Ethiopia. The chances of me calling it to mind without the “Nash” prompt? Zero. 😉

    • Denzo said

      That’s a Wale of a tale. I had a similar experience with 15a, easy with Nash prompt, though I was uncertain of the exact location of the Ogaden (Desert?).

  6. thebargee said

    I really struggled to get a toehold in this one, with just a peppering of entries staring back at me for what seemed to be an age. On the point of throwing in the towel, I finally guessed 1ac, which then gave me 11ac (can’t understand how I missed it) and from then on progress was fairly swift.

    If I may be forgiven a teensy bit of muted trumpet-blowing, I managed to spot the containment in 26, but it did elicit a “wow”! My LOI was 8dn.

  7. Grodnik said

    Enjoyed the puzzle, recuperating from my nasal surgery.
    Here is what it reminded me of.

    There was an old man of Nantucket
    Who kept all his cash in a bucket
    His daughter named Nan
    Ran off with a man
    And as for the bucket, Nan took it.

    I look forward to a similar ghost theme involving Argentinian rugby players and a plane crash in the Andes.


    • allan_c said

      He followed the pair to Pawtucket;
      His daughter, the man (and the bucket).
      He said that the man
      Was welcome to Nan
      But as for the bucket, Paw took it!

  8. dtw42 said

    Did all but three (7, 8, 15) over breakfast, enjoying much of it: marginal notes were “ha ha”s against 12/24 and 2, “nice” against 26, and a tick against 18.
    Then did a day’s work and completely forgot about the uncompleted bits.
    Picked the thing up again and came here, then realised there were gaps; solved 7 and 8, failed on 15 and loo0ked at the 15² page for its answer.
    Any presence of a theme passed me by entirely. While (as a limericist) I was familiar with the name of Nantucket, I didn’t even know it was an island.

  9. Cornick said

    That hidden in 26a is a strong candidate for the best I’ve ever encountered – including in lists of ‘best ever hiddens’, so bravo Knut, an outstanding COD.
    I missed the theme completely, but enjoyed the elan in the clues a good deal. For the second day running I had it all licked without too much trouble bar my LOI. This time my problem was thinking of the right Nash, with only Tigray province brought to mind to help.
    Got there eventually. Excellent crossword.

  10. Willow said

    I got 26, and enjoyed the theme, once I had succeeded in googling Owen Coffin. A beautifully crafted puzzle – many thanks.

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