i Cryptic Crossword 2160 Dac

January 10, 2018

It’s mid-week and I still find myself in a somewhat exhausted state, so struggling a little with the Wednesday puzzle didn’t come as much of a surprise. Looking over on the other side the consensus seems to have been that this was a little harder than par for Dac, so perhaps it wasn’t just me. The top half of the puzzle fairly flew by, but the rest took a little more unpicking, especially the SE corner and 19ac. A hasty and ill-judged LIFE for 16ac may not have helped matters… What, it doesn’t match the definition in any shape or form? Details… One unknown at 26ac, but not at 17d, despite my increasingly desperate attempts to dredge up the name of some ancient battle, until I realised the error of my ways and thought, oh yes, BIFF will sort that out. Finish time a little under par for the i, with lots of scribblings and corrections in a hastily filled grid.

COD? With lots to like as ever from Dac, 4ac – “Seedy place with mostly randy entertainer (3,6)”, which I didn’t parse while solving, but is very nicely done in retrospect.

To September 2013:



7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2160 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Coo, makes a change for me to be the one who found a puzzle easier than average! I whipped through this at quite a rate of knots; bit of a shame really as today has (so far) been the slowest day’s work I’ve experienced in a long time 😛

  2. Cornick said

    Similarly the top half was notable for excellent clues rather than difficulty, and the SE corner took quite a while – including, for too long, trying somehow to make 17d be Trafalgar.
    Elsewhere in the paper I was surprised to see my pretty half-baked submission to the Letters editor has been accepted. With 3 emails sent over the years, and 3 printed, I’m starting to suspect they set the bar a little low.

    • jonofwales said

      Congratulations. It was a good letter, I can see why they used it. 🙂

      • dtw42 said

        I was pleased to see somebody wrote in about the “soft fruit” boo-boo that I read aloud to my colleagues yesterday; proves I wasn’t the only one to find that amusing.

  3. AndyT said

    Thought it was a little bit odd, maybe caused by the pangram. Still an excellent puzzle, anyway.

  4. sprouthater said

    Spent too long looking for Geoff!

  5. Last one in 16a. Spent too long trying to work out what the word “lief” means in the Fairport Convention album title “Liege and Lief”. 6 – 2

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