i Cryptic Crossword 1915 Dac

March 29, 2017

On the difficult side for Dac, I thought. It didn’t help that I’d not heard of 1ac (which I was convinced for too long was a partial anagram), or 21ac for that matter, and that it took me far too long to get 26ac. Lots to like as ever, of course, 7d being chief amongst the runners up. But COD goes to 14d – ‘Government agency recruits working class groups (9)’.

To October 2012 once more:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1915 Dac”

  1. AndyT said

    Agreed: the Wednesday crossword has been trickier just lately. I disliked the “legendary” in 15ac because the conductor in question was very much a real person unless I’ve been sorely misled. Otherwise well up to the usual standard.

    • jonofwales said

      Surely legendary as in “remarkable enough to be famous; very well known”?

      • AndyT said

        Ye-es … a linguistic felony on a par with saying “awesome” when one means “really rather impressive” (or “pendantic” instead of “correct”) in my book, but don’t mind me. 😉

  2. dtw42 said

    Well, I whizzed through the first two-thirds of this (thankfully HAD heard of 1ac and 21ac); then came to a grinding halt mostly in the SW corner. Took me far too long to get 26ac, too. The couple that I’d never heard of were 20dn and 24ac – though I’ll try to remember the latter 🙂

  3. Cornick said

    Yes, I also found it a bit trickier than usual for Dac.
    ‘Anchors Aweigh’ is 72 years old, so you’d have to be in your late 80s to have seen that one in the cinema; And the ‘legendary’ conductor had me scrabbling around trying to think of a Prometheus like figure who took lightning from the gods – but, like everything else, it too was solvable… eventually!

  4. Dave said

    I agree with all the above. Didn’t know 20d and couldn’t parse 14d. 8d last one in.

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