i Cryptic Crossword 2131 Dac

December 6, 2017

In which I made rapid progress at the start, and indeed in the middle, but swiftly ground to a halt near the end. The offending clues were 4ac, 8d (very well hidden indeed!) and my LOI, 3d. I suspect poetic justice, after feeling quite smug at managing to get 6d from the anagram and a couple of checking letters, despite it being new to me. Down in the SE corner actually living in Wales when you’re trying to think of a “Welsh girl” proved to be more of a hindrance than a help, as I could simply think of too many, some more obscure than others.

Anyway, as enjoyable and immaculately clued as ever from Dac.

COD? There was a little discussion about this clue on the other side, but I thought it mildly amusing rather than offensive, but then again I’m not one. 16d – “One showing resentment about couple in partnership? Right (8)”.

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2131 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Ah, I don’t think I had trouble with the ones you mention; on the other hand a lot of the SE corner was put in on the grounds of the defs without really being able to parse them fully. (Bloody bridge references in crosswords … who ACTUALLY plays bridge?) Still, a relatively quick solve for me 🙂

  2. AndyT said

    Similar here, and I wasn’t desperately impressed with 3d which was the last to fall. 16d, whilst a good clue, did seem tactless at best. Otherwise all good, 4 and 10ac in particular. Re 22ac, I knew fine well what the solution was but got fixated on Rhoda before realising that she was the wrong Welsh lady – well played Dac.

  3. sprouthater said

    Both 3 and 16dn were entered with reservations as I couldn’t really see how they matched the clues. 6dn is familiar to me as it crops up on Countdown quite often. Really liked the four fourteen letter answers.

  4. dtw42 said

    Ha, funny how I grind my teeth at the bridge reference, but was was quite nostalgically happy with the association of stamp hinges as mounts. Of course those childhood days sticking stamps into albums were such a waste of time, for everybody knows philately will get you nowhere…

  5. Cornick said

    Oops. Guessed ‘abounds’ at 3d for no other reason than it fitted, but now I remember my brother telling me about those hinges back in my childhood. 4a or 5d might also have been worthy winners today. 16a got an exclamation mark in the margin from me.

  6. allan_c said

    Yesterday’s (i.e. Wednesday’s) Indy by Gila also had EMINENT clued in a similar way. I won’t repeat the comment on it I made on Fifteensquared.

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