i Cryptic Crossword 1508 Dac

December 9, 2015

“I say Onions, have you seen this item next to the crossword? Rather a rum story, wouldn’t you say”?
“It did strike me as somewhat unusual, sir”.
“Well, quite. I can’t imagine how the fellow managed to get the zebra into the car, for one thing, and surely stuffed giraffes can’t be in high demand. Who has ceilings that high? And think of the amount of sawdust involved – must be a specialised job”.
“Undoubtedly a tall order, sir”.

There was nothing in today’s puzzle which read more like a crossword clue than that headline, Dac’s surface readings being as polished as ever. This struck me as very gentle, and with the exception of 26ac there was nothing much to slow the solver down. I expect Sprouthater will disapprove of 6d, and I very much doubt that he’ll be on his own there, either. Nicely done though. My clue of the day is 24ac:

“A leggy bird heading off into dull city abroad (10)”

Here is the Fifteensquared post from March 2011


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1508 Dac”

  1. sprouthater said

    Of course I disapprove of 6d. No normal decent person should be required to know anything of wretched people like him.
    Apart from that I found today’s offering quite easy. It had too many write ins to make it much of a challenge. 26a held me up but only because I had to check the answer on Google also 24a as I was thinking of entirely the wrong sort of leggy bird.

  2. jonofwales said

    Mostly straightforward, though the SE corner did give me pause for thought. The only thing that bothered me about 6d was that it was close enough to PRESS… to trip me up momentarily.

  3. jonofwales said

    Looking at the comments on Fifteensquared, it appears this is the second appearance by this crossword in the i. šŸ™‚ I thought it was a little later that the i and Independent published the same cryptic, and wondered when we’d get round to them. I’ve got a memory like a fish, so I won’t remember them anyway, unless I spot comments I’ve left over on the other side.

    • allan_c said

      I find it interesting that I seldom remember doing the i crossword previously in the Indy (whether electronic or dead tree). Not only that but I sometimes struggle with one that I found a doddle previously – or vice-versa. Very occasionally a particular clue will strike a chord from the past, but usually it’s only when I find that I commented on the original that I know I did it. The use of the same crossword simultaneously in both papers only lasted a couple of weeks or so, if I remember correctly (though I think the concise crossword and the sudokus are still the same in both).

  4. Cornick said

    Presumably the answer is ‘traffic’ but I can’t quite parse the wordplay. Obviously an anagram of the ‘stuffing’ of giraffe – iraff, which is then jailed ( held) by ‘rider’, but why is rider TC?
    Not up to Dac’s usual standard at all.

  5. Lozzie said

    Found this straightforward, after having corrected OH’s inexplicable entry of VIVALDI for 7D.
    I may also add my extreme dislike of 6D, although quite pleased that his team (Arsenal) won in Europe tonight.
    BTW: just making the observation that Lauren Brown (of stuffed giraffe fame) is an anagram of RERUN OWL BAN.

  6. dtw42 said

    Re clues for disliked press figures, one I was particularly proud of is:

    ____ edited short column on Sunday (4,7)

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