i Cryptic Crossword 1472 Dac

October 28, 2015

Scenes from domestic life. Yesterday evening I popped my head around around the pantry door to find Onions taking a lusty swig from a bottle of Chateau D’Yquem, whilst applying a stiffish dose of caviar to a crumpet with a tablespoon. The new chambermaid was perched on his knee. “What’s the meaning of this?”, I demanded: “Looks like N-something-T-something-I-something”. “Nitwit, innit?” chirruped Charmaine, with a giggle. “Oh, capital – thank you so much” I replied, “and by the way Onions, don’t feel you have to see off the funny fish paste and that fearful Yuckum stuff”. “It’s my pleasure, sir” he said, feeding the girl a mouthful of beluga on h.b.c. Truly I am blessed with exceptional staff.

In matters cruciverbal, today’s puzzle was exactly what we’ve come to expect from Dac, possibly just a trifle trickier than average. 9ac was new to me, but clued in exemplary manner and straightforward to deduce. Plenty of nice wordplay and misleading surfaces: 5d, 21 and 26ac stand out, but COD goes to 16d which produced a bit of an aha! moment.

“21 maybe discussed new Asian training centres (8)”

The puzzle first appeared in February 2011; here’s the Fifteensquared blog:


In other business, firstly my thanks to Cornick for another highly entertaining puzzle. I was unaware of the … helpful character in 26d, but the clue was good enough to get me there without having the foggiest idea what it referred to.  Congratulations on producing a really decent Spoonerism, too.  Secondly, the business of staples has now reached the leader column, and I fear that we’re going to be stuck with the pesky blighters for the foreseeable.

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1472 Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    Ah yes, staplegate. For the record, I prefer the i without them, as it makes it easier to reuse the paper afterwards. 🙂

    As for the crossword, trickier definitely in the NE corner, where 10ac and 5d gave me no end of grief. Shouldn’t it have been ‘old Labour leader’?

  2. Cornick said

    Ah yes indeed, the NE corner… having stared blankly at 5d for rather longer than I care to admit to, I used that convenient bit of white header paper to write out ‘f—s-o-ging’, and mud became day, if you follow me. This, my fiendish new trick for intractible ‘down’ clues, is one I heartily recommend.

    Batarde, you will have to get Onions to acquaint you with the joys of Mr Apple’s know-it-all voice. I have teenage sons and their over-familiarity with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to blame.

  3. sprouthater said

    It was 10a that did for me pesky foreign words and phrases shouldn’t be allowed in a British crossword:-)
    Was 17a really a classic film or does classic just mean old now

    • AndyT said

      It’s one of those films which consistently makes its way into “top 100” lists, so I suppose it has a decent claim. His Girl Friday is my favourite when it comes to screwball comedies, though. 🙂

  4. Lozzie said

    “What’s Up Doc?” does it for me, albeit much later than the others, featuring Streisand / O’Neal, complete mayhem with a happy ever after ending.
    The crossword was good as well.

  5. Cornick said

    May I throw in a recommendation for ‘Housesitter’. Goldie Hawne and Steve Martin both on top form and as script as tight… well, as tight as a clue by Dac.

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