i Cryptic Crossword 1771 Dac

October 12, 2016

A lovely crisp early autumn morning here, and a similarly crisp crossword by Dac. As Sidey remarked back in January 2012 on the Fifteensquared blog entry for this puzzle, there isn’t often much to say about a Dac, on account of his consistent excellence.

Not a great deal of head scratching required today: 18ac was rather spelled out for us which is just as well. Dashed slippery language, Gaelic – it’s all very well knowing the word but assembling all the right letters in the right order is another matter entirely. Some Fifteensquared solvers reported a spot of bother with 23ac, described by one of them as a semi-&lit. I couldn’t possibly comment on that, but the parsing is clear enough. 22d employs probably the least familiar definition of the word in question which isn’t actually obsolete, so that might have raised some eyebrows. Highlights: all the long ones, and for some reason 9d took my fancy even though it’s decidedly familiar. My choice of COD is the appetising 12ac:

“Examination of what might be spotted briefly during dinner (7)”


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1771 Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    Predictably in Wales it has been drizzling. 😉

    Nothing too difficult today, apart from a “really?” at 22d, a new word (for me at least) at 20d, and a long pause for 16ac. Ornithology isn’t my strong point. I can never spell 18ac either, no matter how many times it crops up, but will endeavour in future to remember Dac’s clue to help.

    Snap on the COD.

  2. Cornick said

    Bang on the money batarde. 22d received a question mark, which in this instance was meant to serve as a reminder to consult the Big Red Book in due course.

    I note the picture editor has it in for cruciverbalists again – that bloke in high heels, then a red-backed spider and now a scary clown… One more and a letter shall be sent!

  3. dtw42 said

    “Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.”
    …I guess.
    Anyone else see the theme over in the concise crossword?

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