i Cryptic Crossword 1753 Dac

September 21, 2016

Last Wednesday I speculated that Dac’s appearances in the i had moved to a week-on-week-off basis; now I have resolved to refrain from speculating.

Readers of the February 2012 Fifteensquared blog entry will find a chorus of praise for this puzzle, but I thought it was a little below par. All fair and above board of course and there are some super clues, but it’s quite a disappointment to find something like 14d in a Dac crossword. Whilst mildly amusing, 8d is similarly obvious. Never mind: with any other setter these would probably pass without comment, so accentuate the positive. Lots of well-earned plaudits for 7d at 15² – an exemplary &lit, and also for the complex construction of 6d. I particularly liked 5, 16 and 23ac, but the COD prize goes to 15d:

“One faction, having absorbed another, getting bigger? (7,2)”

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1753 Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    I found this a little tricky in places. I was, and will probably forever remain unfamiliar with both MAHDI and MARDY, and both meanings of 22ac. I’m still not sure where the SWAN in 4d comes from – one of the comments over on the other side refers to a meaning of swan that Chambers doesn’t support, and any poets called Swan seem to be rather obscure. A little disgruntled and grumpy today. 🙂 Rather liked 7d.

  2. dtw42 said

    4dn was my LOI … I assumed the Swan of Avon was the reference, but [shrug].

    Sense 2(c) of “swan” in the OED is a “singer, bard, or poet” – a figurative allusion to sense 2(b), the fabulous belief that the swan sings immediately or shortly before its death. So it might be that. 2(b) or not 2(b), that is the question.

  3. sprouthater said

    Everyone has a word that they dislike, it’s usually moist, but for me it’s mardy. Years ago I lived in Leicester where the locals use it all the time. When my 4 year old son started using it I decided it was time to leave. Didn’t like 4d or 22a. Agree with COD

  4. Cornick said

    Struggled with this. Not sure why. Suspect tiredness!

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