i Cryptic Crossword 1573 Dac

February 24, 2016

To: Oliver Duff Esq. (Editor of the i)


I beg leave to add my humble voice to those calling for the Inquisitor puzzle to be preserved for the nation in the pages of your esteemed organ. Quite apart from being something of an institution, the barred crossword serves the useful function of taking one’s valet down a peg or two, keeping him docile, and giving him something to think about other than split infinitives in headlines on page 4. One a day would be ideal, but if you can only run to Saturdays I would still be greatly in your debt. I have the honour to remain, sir, your obedient servant.


There … send. One lives in hope. Not much to detain Onions in today’s offering, which was dispatched in a healthy time of rather less than ten minutes. Quite the contrast to the struggle yesterday. Dac seems to have been in light hearted mood this time, and 17ac had something of The Beano about it. Stand out clues for me included 11, 19 and 24ac, also 3 and 6d – but my clue of the day was the groan-worthy 25ac:

“It could be vegetable that makes you collapse (4,4)”

A ripple of applause from the June 2011 Fifteensquared blog for yet another elegant puzzle from this most reliable of setters can be found here.


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1573 Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    Seconded regarding the Inquisitor, though ominously in today’s paper the editor notes the number of puzzles they’re running already. As it’s been mentioned a few times, though, perhaps there’s hope.

    Thoroughly enjoyed today’s effort, though as you say on the easier side for Dac. The only one that put up much fight was the hidden word at 23ac. They always seem to give me trouble…

    • Michael said

      I hope Batarde is joking when he says one Inquisitor a day would be ideal. I can’t imagine being able to find the time to solve 6 difficult barred grids a week, but then I write as someone who takes 5 days to finish Azed and Mephisto. (If Batarde is actually a massive throbbing brain in a Mason jar, fair enough.)

      • AndyT said

        Mr Batarde is but dimly aware of where he is at the best of times. Onions, (his valet) eats a lot of fish as they say, however.

        As for me, every now and then the urge to tackle a Mephisto, Azed or something from The Magpie descends, but it’s not a regular thing. One a week would be ample.

  2. Cornick said

    After a couple of trickier Dacs recently i thought today’s was pretty much read and write; except that (knowing nothing about dog breeds) I went for TOZA at 5d, which looked more oriental somehow.

  3. sprouthater said

    A gentle stroll through crossword land today as opposed to yesterdays assault course.

  4. dtw42 said

    Yes indeed; I was too busy to tackle it at the normal time today, and sat down to it at tea fearing a repeat of recent tortures. It was quite a relief to have it finished before the food went cold. 🙂

  5. Lozzie said

    A great improvement, IMHO, on yesterday, the clues reading much more “nicely”, although only challenging in a couple of places. Liked 2D, 8D, 25A. I also note that an obvious “Archers” opportunity was missed in the clue for 6D!

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