i Cryptic Crossword 3411 Klingsor

January 13, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A thoroughly enjoyable offering from Klingsor eases us towards the end of the working week. The right mix of accessible clues with some that took a bit of teasing out (especially to the SW corner here), no obscurities, just some fine wordplay to get your teeth into and smiles along the way. The latter came in particular by way of the cheeky 26ac, my LOI. More than a few went in unparsed on solving with some generous checking letters and easy to spot definitions, especially with the longer answers which helped fill the grid very nicely. Question marks at the close on 13ac and 24ac, but only the latter I think was particularly difficult in retrospect.

COD? With 12ac, 2d, 3d, 27ac and 14d all worthy of praise also (it was that kind of puzzle), I’ll go with the lovely smooth surface reading of 20d – “Bill’s singing well (7)”.

All the answers and parsing of the clues can be found in Fifteensquared’s blog from November 2017:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3411 Klingsor”

  1. dtw42 said

    ΒΎ of it was … fine. I struggled at the end with the linked 4d, 13a, 14d, and needed electronic help there. The definition of 27a seemed a bit … tangential to me.
    **** seems about right.

  2. Cornick said

    So hard to read blogs and comments that give numbers not words!
    I really enjoyed this. Knowing that Klingsor is fond of &Lit clues really helps with clues like those for RUMPOLE, CANASTA or GANESH.
    The word order of the clue for LOOSE made it tricky, and I didn’t realise Hank = Loop, but otherwise all understood and very much enjoyed.

  3. thebargee said

    Really enjoyed this one, although a bit of e-inspiration was needed towards the end and a couple went in unparsed. There were so many clues I liked, particularly those for RUMPOLE, INCUMBENT and SETTEE. On top of that, I learned that TANGLE can mean seaweed, so what’s not to like?

  4. Saboteur said

    A little easier than I expected, as I do think of KLINGSOR as a very tough setter. I agree about the clues for RUMPOLE and GANESH in particular.

    I couldn’t parse SENSIBLE, but that was down to me, as once I saw the explanation on 225 it all seemed perfectly straightforward. A moment of bewilderment occurred when I entered “settle”, but soon corrected it to SETTEE, and that made me smile.

    Very enjoyable, as usual from Klingsor.

  5. Veronica said

    Dropping in on the i today while on holiday … I loved this. Took me ages (of course), but I was very proud to complete it. Lots of really good clues, with RUMPOLE and MIMIC my last 2 in after quite a struggle! Favourites were SETTEE (cheeky!), and SOLECISM and SEAWEED (both clever, I thought). What well thought out clues – Klingsor must have taken a lot of care and thought on their construction.

  6. Willow said

    Very enjoyable – many thanks. I thought all the clues were brilliantly constructed and that many were unpretentiously witty. My overall experience was slightly tempered by the two drug references, (one is perhaps ok?), but I must say that the clue for SPACED OUT was superb.

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