i Cryptic Crossword 1597 Dac

March 23, 2016

My attempt to sidestep my sister failed miserably, and Citronella has now taken up residence in one of the spare rooms. Poor thing: she’s rather down in the dumps, having failed to get a job as a Radio 3 presenter. Funny, I thought she was in with a good shout, but they decided she was “too vapid”, so she’s at a bit of a loss as to where to exercise her talents now that the obvious outlet has turned her down. Much morose mooning about. Perhaps I should suggest she has a go at the crossword blog once she perks up a bit.

Good job it wasn’t this week though, because by Wednesday standards this was quite a toughie. Top drawer stuff, mind you, with something for everyone including a few thumping great anagrams to resolve. All those checked vowels in 16ac didn’t help much, and I’d rather not say how long it was before the perfectly obvious solution suggested itself. On the other hand, 14ac jumped out at me straight away. Citronella was very helpful in explaining 5d, which seems a teensy bit obscure but such things are her strong suit, not mine. Honourable mentions for 12, 21, 9 and 14d, but the one which tickled my fancy today was 24ac:

“Dollar note and a cent pocketed by European (9)”

Solutions and appreciative comments from Fifteensquared back in August 2011 are available here.

6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1597 Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    A little tough in places, especially so in the NW corner I thought. Pleased to get 2d / 12ac from the cryptics, but the prize for biggest obscurity of the day must go to 1ac.

  2. sprouthater said

    My first i crossword for over a fortnight and I didn’t find it to difficult. 1a was completely new to me and needed Chambers to confirm. 21a took far to long. 24a was excellent but after my many trips to the States since my son moved there in 2002 I have never heard the term used by anybody except crossword compilers:-)

    • jonofwales said

      Welcome back. 🙂 24a is one of many words that only seem to live on in the minds of crossword compilers.

  3. dtw42 said

    Failed on 1ac at the end. Just looked at the fifteensqured link … hmph, would never have got that.
    I did the bottom two thirds of the grid quite easily and had a much tougher time at the top.

  4. Cornick said

    Some crackers in there weren’t there.
    Quite a quick fill (even the anagrams) until that pesky NW corner when things got s-l-o-w indeed.
    Ultimate failure on 5d, where I plumped for SOP reversed as POS – as in Pos.1 (2,3,4 or 5) which doubtless Citronella will remember from childhood ballet classes.

    • AndyT said

      That’s clever thinking. Mine was much hazier, along the lines of recalling that a pas de deux is a thing, possibly connected in some way with dancing – so what the heck, write it in.

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