i Cryptic Crossword 1681 Dac

June 29, 2016

An eventful week since my last blog, I’m sure we can all agree. In view of the forces of chaos, confusion and downright incivility loosed upon the country in the last few days, I had half expected to find the crossword replaced by a wordsearch. Happily, in this one respect at least, my worst expectations have not been realised. So, like a shipwrecked mariner clutching onto a plank from a stove lifeboat, I seized upon the Wednesday Dac, and found that it was a good ‘un.

Usual brew today, straight down the middle in terms of difficulty, with plenty of variety and no cause for quibbling that I could see. Unless, of course, you are wondering who on earth 11ac is. (And on a personal note, I must admit to being weary of finding lurking snow leopards. Perliously endangered in the wild, but abundant in cryptic crosswords). Quite an extensive list of COD candidates today, but the final came down to the somewhat un-PC 15ac, and this one:

26d: “No longer fielding? Not a situation team enjoys (2-3)”

The puzzle went down well at Fifteensquared back in November 2011 as usual, although there was some discussion about definitions in 9 and 28 – neither of which struck me as controversial.

3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1681 Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    Ah yes, the 5d does seem to pop up fairly regularly. Must say I’d never heard of one until I started doing crosswords. I would have put this down as quite straightforward, if it wasn’t for 25ac, which held me up for ages at the end. Whose Cave? Agreed on the COD.

  2. dtw42 said

    I’m in the “never heard or seen wrinkle=hint before” camp. Or indeed dish=ruin though I admit I put that one in without worrying too much about my inability to parse the wordplay.

  3. Cornick said

    A busy life meant this was tackled in snatches here and there (far from ideal circumstances for a crossword) but all perfectly solvable apart from the prophet at 15a, because I pronounce his second syllable as a schwa, not an ‘ee’.

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