i Cryptic Crossword 1969 Dac

May 31, 2017

1969, a vintage year, and a vintage crossword from Dac. I found this about par for difficulty, though with a little doubt over both 18d and 19d where, though the wordplay was crystal clear, neither were familiar enough I felt 100% confident putting them in. Embarrassingly, no Welsh girl names leapt to mind when I needed to think of one for 13ac, and I reverse engineered the wordplay.

COD? Lots to like as always, with 11ac my favourite – ‘Soldiers taking steps to safeguard Home Rule (9)’.

To January 2013 over on the other side:


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1969 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Fairly quick & smooth here; no trouble with 18d (that’ll be my London ancestry helping) but agreed that 19d – my last one in – was a case of “oh looks like that must be a thing then” followed by a quick Google for confirmation.

  2. AndyT said

    18d no problem here either, thanks to Arthur Daley; not so hot on Croatia or French liqueurs. Sterling stuff throughout, even by Dac’s standards.

    • dtw42 said

      Yeah, actually the liqueur was obscure too wasn’t it?
      I think it’s a Don Manley dictum: “hard clues for the easy words, easy clues for the hard words.”

  3. sprouthater said

    Same here with Croatia and liqueurs. 18d was no problem as a friend​ just recently told me (at length) all about boracic lint and its use in rhyming slang. 😑

  4. Yup. Me too. I extended my vocabulary today with 19d and 27a.

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