i Cryptic Crossword 3580 Klingsor

July 29, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟

A relatively gentle puzzle this morning, courtesy of Klingsor, nicely crafted and very pleasing to solve. All star ratings are, of course, an average of one’s experience across the whole range of clues, but this was one of those crosswords which seemed to be split into two strongly contrasting solves; the left hand side all yielded very readily, with most of the clues being read-then-write entries, but the right hand side demanded a little more of me, for whatever reasons. So one-star for the left three-star for the right, and I’ll average that out at two-star overall.

There’s nothing particularly obscure in the vocabulary today. The lake and the towns are all reasonably well known, and likewise the two music-related entries. I do tend to have a bit of a blind-spot when it comes to the names of shrubs and flowers, but with the crossing initial O even I had no trouble with today’s one.

Nicely plausible surface readings combine with precise word-play to give us a fine crossword. The only parsing problem I had to return to at the end was for CONVENTIONAL, where I thought there might be an “a” missing from the clue. My bad, for on return I saw that “island” clued “iona”, and all was good.

Clue of the Day for me was the compact 19d “Place fit for dog (6)”.

Here’s the link for the answers and explanations: https://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/06/14/independent-9881-klingsor/

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3580 Klingsor”

  1. jonofwales said

    As per the above really. An enjoyable solve of about 2* difficulty. I do wonder if it’s one where experience could make a big difference – newer solvers I suspect may have found this a lot more difficult.

    • Mighty_M said

      You are right! This is only the second crossword I’ve given up on since I have been able to finish them at all around 7-8 months ago. I got stuck in the SE corner and abandoned the puzzle with four clues remaining. It was quite fun though thinking the dog could be a DORKIE (well, it fits, doesn’t it?!) or a POODLE (another kind of fit in a Dorset place). It made up for being mortified at not getting STATUE given my sculpture history background. On to today’s puzzle now … as you can see, I lag behind a little πŸ™‚ but (usually) get there in the end.

  2. Cornick said

    Pure delight from Klingsor as ever.
    Surfaces as good as they get and wonderfully elegant constructions.
    Loved it.

  3. Henri said

    Easy enough. Except the second meaning of 1 down, which I thought obscure enough for AZED.

  4. imsewell said

    Just finished after seeing an answer on here that unlocked the SE corner. I thought it was on the hard side. Thurso, helot and ait are pretty obscure. And with clever mis-directions in the wordplay for state and ague not easy at all! So don’t be disheartened if you are a newer solver.

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