i Cryptic Crossword 3371 Klingsor

November 26, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

It took me ages to tune into Klingsor’s wavelength this morning. At the start it looked like this was heading for a five-star difficulty rating, but once I was in the zone it got much more tractable, and seemed closer to a three-star puzzle. I’ve therefore averaged-out at four stars. It took me only a little over my typical time in the end.

In the comments on Fifteensquared there is some comment about how Ximinean this is (or not), Ximinean meaning it is very precisely clued, following clear conventions – as distinct from the boundary-pushing and allusive or whimsical cluing that we get from certain other setters. I’m not sure how useful that is, but it is certainly the case that by the end I had no parsing difficulties left unresolved, which is good enough for me. Neither is there any obscure vocabulary, and no visits to Chambers were needed, even for checking purposes.

There are lots of ticks and smile-emojis in my margin. I thought SWEET-TOOTHED was good, with a nice surface reading, and the clue for AYRSHIRE was entertaining. PATIENT was neat, too, but this blogger has no choice but to proffer 25ac as Clue of the Day: “Destroy e.g. boat, with spite, principally (8)”.

Independent 9636 / Klingsor

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3371 Klingsor”

  1. tonnelier said

    This was an unusual solve for me.

    The lower half went in quite swiftly, to my surprise, and I thought I was heading for a rare ** or even * Klingsor. However, I came to an abrupt standstill, and the upper half was at least a 4* rating.

    All very enjoyable, with big ticks against 2, 21 and 27 and no quibbles at all

  2. thebargee said

    Well of course, it just had to be 25ac didn’t it?

    Admittedly I didn’t have much time today due to other distractions, but I found this tougher than yesterday’s and had to abandon it with only a handful in.
    Glad to say that SABOTAGE was one I did get😊

  3. Cornick said

    It’s instructive to compare and contrast today’s Klingsor with yesterday’s Serpent. These two are probably my favourite setters, but in this one there are an awful lot of abbreviations – around 20 I think- some of which like ‘Acting’ only seasoned solvers will know and also bits of Crosswordese like ‘your mum’ to give YRSH, which are similarly inaccessible for newer solvers.
    Hence I can see why the regulars at Fifteensquared liked it so much, but for me it was one of Klingsor’s weaker puzzles (exactly the opposite view of Duncan back in the day).
    4* seems right, and for the same reasons you give.

    • thebargee said

      Having re-read the comments on 225, I think Philip Kromer @ 16 has a point, although I wouldn’t have been quite so forthright😉.

  4. jonofwales said

    This was far more my cup of tea – finished in just into 4* time, and with an almost embarrassing number of ticks beside the clues. Accessible while being reasonably challenging, and thoroughly enjoyed here.

    I take Cornick’s point above, but as a seasoned solver I must admit to not having noticed. 😉

  5. Willow said

    A very enjoyable, engaging and stimulating solve with loads to commend it, not least some of the self-effacing humour. Many thanks.

  6. dtw42 said

    Just finished – 5.43pm. I too found this very tough to start with, perhaps struggling as I often do to get on Klingsor’s wavelength. But after yesterday’s crash and burn I was determined not to be defeated 2 days in a row, persevered, and it finally came together. No marginal notes of either variety in my case.

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