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Cutangle is a former Archchancellor of Unseen University and Archmage of the Silver Star. Like a proper UU wizard he is elderly, quite fat from years of accomplished meals, possesses an impressive beard, and smokes tobacco. He comes from the village of Brass Neck in the Ramtops. Granny Weatherwax remembered his father Acktur Cutangle, 'Used to live in a big old house under Leaping Mountain, had a lot of sons.' Cutangle's mother she recalled as 'Nice woman, kept brown and white chickens, I used to go up there to buy eggs for me mam.' As for poor Cutangle, she recalled 'a fat little boy. Rather unpleasant.' Cutangle didn't deny this, recalling he was the sort of boy who would pull a girl's hair. After his father died, he admitted to Granny that he had not returned to the Ramtops. "Wizards should never go home."

Under his administration, Eskarina Smith was admitted as the first female student wizard.

There is some evidence that Cutangle entertained a (one-sided) romantic attraction for Granny Weatherwax during their briefly accounted acquaintance in Equal Rites. After all, they got acquainted in an intimate magical duel in the Great Hall, fought out in front of a packed audience of wizards, in which Granny proved herself to be at the very least the equal of an Eighth Level Magus, and following which both participants all but acknowledged defeat at the hands of the other... this is possibly the sort of courtship that can turn an old wizard's head. Granny, however, never mentions him again (while she never had a proper romance at all, the closest she came to one in her youth was with another wizard of the Ramtops, Mustrum Ridcully). That said, Granny had a less prickly relationship with Cutangle, and it was no light concession for her to tell him he might have won their duel a time or two.

Cutangle has some similarities to Mustrum Ridcully--they both fail to understand the philosphical koan on whether or not you can cross the same body of water twice. Both wizards possess superhuman powers but are also capable of learning things that are outside their experience. Whether or not this is a facet of being an Archchancellor or because they hail from the uber-pragmatic countryside remains to be seen.

Cutangle's eventual fate is unknown: no Archchancellor is identified in Mort, but at the start of Sourcery, the wizards are preparing to appoint Virrid Wazygoose as the new Archchancellor. Since the latter is described as having been patiently waiting his turn for years, it implies a peaceful transition of authority, and thus that Wazygoose probably did not murder his predecessor for the job - which may or may not have been Cutangle. Since Cutangle never appears again and has been replaced as archchancellor, he can be presumed dead: most likely of natural causes and it can be assumed that Wazygoose was his successor.

We know thanks to the later book Going Postal that wizards can take something called an 'Early Death' which, if we are to believe Moist Von Lipwig's experience, is a generous package and the sound effects of a great deal of eating and drinking. And pudding trolleys. If Cutangle took Early Death we can feel rest assured he can return to the Unseen University, provided he gives a week's notice first.


Equal Rites