i Cryptic Crossword 2047 Dac

August 30, 2017

One of us is having a bad day, and judging by the uniformly approving comments over at Fifteensquared it must be me rather than Dac. I thought that this puzzle fell a little short of his usual standard – which is beyond criticism, of course – with rather too many elementary write-ins. 4, 16, 17, 21 and 26 all seemed pretty thin, for instance. On the other hand 11 and 24 caused curling of the lip simply because I dislike the words.

“Accentuate the positive, Batarde!” I hear the exasperated multitudes cry. Fair enough. It goes without saying that anyone looking for inelegantly written clues in a Dac crossword is on a fool’s errand, and everything is burnished to a high lustre as usual. Also, he’s the master of long anagrams: today’s were both crackers. I did like 9, 14 and 15 rather a lot, but the COD trophy goes to 12ac:

“English detachment returning initially on train (7)”

This crossword first appeared in the Independent in April 2013.

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2047 Dac”

  1. sprouthater said

    Yea rather a lot of write-ins but these were offset by the obscure (for me) 9ac,11ac and 24ac . Couldn’t parse 10ac properly “ect” a therapy was new as was the “scout” in 5dn.

  2. Cornick said

    I thought it averaged out as a typical Dac – which means very good indeed, of course. But that statement does perhaps hide a little more unevenness of difficulty than we’re used to.

  3. dtw42 said

    I’m having too many really busy days at work this past week, meaning I have hardly a chance to glance at the crossword. A quick start with six or seven done in the car park before going in … then everything else after I came home. 11ac was completely unfamiliar, and my LOI. (The NW corner in general I found harder than the rest.)
    Didn’t understand how interval = unison but it couldn’t be much else.
    Apart from that, all seemed fine 🙂

  4. An enjoyable puzzle, on my wavelength, I thought. But then got totally stuck. I didn’t know either breed of dog and didn’t know how interval mean unison. By then, all the crossing letters were in, so the answers became clear. New words of the day: those dogs.

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