i Cryptic Crossword 1963 Dac

May 24, 2017

It’s mid-week, it’s Dac, and a puzzle that’s as well put together and enjoyable as ever. On the easy side, with a couple of new words learnt via wordplay that left little doubt as to the outcome. We were talking on Monday about crosswords that are suitable for new (and newish) solvers – well, here’s another good one.

COD? Amongst lots to like, my favourite was 2d – ‘Play Oasis hit? No, don’t! (4,4,2,5)’.

We’re back to December 2012 today:


7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1963 Dac”

  1. AndyT said

    Yes, sterling stuff as per. My in-depth knowledge of cutting edge Jamaican youth culture came in handy once again. 🙂

  2. Cornick said

    Yup, easier end definitely, but am I wrong to have a couple of quibbles?
    ‘Changing direction’ as an anagram indicator in 20d?
    ‘On’ as a container indicator in 13a?

    • jonofwales said

      The anagram indicator is a little fishy, though not the most outlandish example I’ve seen.

      13ac I read as A, with GO on (ie. following) MI.

  3. sprouthater said

    Hmm 13a seems a bit iffy to me but 24a really made my teeth itch. Author shouldn’t be used as a verb.

    • AndyT said

      Agreed, it appears to be another instance of a noun being brutally verbed and grates with me too. In this instance however, the verb is a venerable one (late 16th century) which fell into disuse and has recently been revived with the same meaning. By this I do not intend to imply that modern users are in any way innocent of a crime against the language.

  4. Some unfamilar words got me. Godetia? I put in Godatea which seemed to fit the word play ok…

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