i Cryptic Crossword 1466 Dac

October 21, 2015

Onions is an inscrutable fellow by and large.  In the usual run of things his face might as well be carved from marble.  Nonetheless, when I announced my intention to enter the Times Crossword Championship and give Mark Goodliffe a run for his money, there was a definite flicker.  Could it be that my valet was smirking?  At any rate, he recovered his composure quickly enough and said something about calling the fishmonger, which struck me as a rummy sort of reply, on reflection.

I made a slow start on the puzzle today, picking off a few of the straightforward across clues, but it was a sorry looking effort until I got stuck into the downs.  After that it was plain sailing.  This wasn’t Dac’s best in my opinion, but it hardly matters since his general standard is so high.  I’m wary of picking long anagrams for my COD because there’s always the suspicion that it’s just a matter of typing the desired solution into a computer rather than shuffling Kan-U-Go cards these days, but the very elegant 19ac deserves a ripple of applause.  My selection however is the absurdly simple 5ac:

“Frontiersman given reprimand in court (8)”

The answer came to me immediately, but it wasn’t until much later that it occurred to me that I might have been right.  I fear that Mr Goodliffe remains the favourite … but early days, eh?

The Fifteensquared blog from March 2011 is here:


3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1466 Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    As it was Wednesday, and one of the easier ones of the week, I decided to handicap my efforts by solving in a freezing cold car, in the rain, in a Tesco car park. That’s my excuse for a time close to Mr Goodliffe’s for three puzzles, anyway.

  2. loulou said

    Less than half despite a lot of time expended. Would never have got dogie or dharmsala. I thought 5a was looking for something like pioneer rather than a person so failed on that as well.

  3. Cornick said

    I think we have two reasons for Wednesdays to be a highlight of the week. 🙂

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