i Cryptic Crossword 2172 Dac

January 24, 2018

After yesterday’s travails, something a little more straightforward to ease us through mid-week? Well, not quite. Today’s puzzle is one of those rare Dacs that left me scratching my head in more than one place, with very little falling particularly easily. I didn’t know the Swiss location or the actress, but managed to guess both correctly. Didn’t / couldn’t fully parse 3d or 16ac either, but got away with both. The latter for me will always be known as An Hour Too Far after my father decided that the perfect day out during one particularly memorable childhood holiday would be to go and see 16ac at the local cinema. Tough, grim, gritty war movies have their place, but this wasn’t one of them.

Was Dac going for a pangram today, only to change his mind halfway through? Who can tell.

COD? Lots of ticks as ever on a Wednesday, along with the usual smooth surfaces, with my vote going to 14ac – “Who might be unearthing rubbish on counter? (7-6)”.

To September 2013:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2013/09/11/independent-8396-dac/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2172 Dac”

  1. StanXYZ said

    Nice to see that Emmanuel Macron gets a mention in a puzzle first posted in September 2013. Who was Francois Hollande?

    Thanks to everyone involved in helping me understand the “i” crosswords.

  2. AndyT said

    Sailed through it – but think sturdy galleon heavily laden with cannonballs rather than racing yacht. Best Dac in quite a while for my money.

  3. dtw42 said

    The NW corner held out far longer than it should have, but I have finally just finished this one. A real selection box with both soft centres and decidedly chewy hard toffees.

  4. sprouthater said

    Took an age, so many that needed checking letters in place before I could even attempt to solve, trouble was I had hardly anything in. It was only 6dn, 8dn and 25ac that were unknowns so no excuse there it must have been getting wind☺

  5. Cornick said

    Spent an age with a 3/4 full puzzle, not realising that 1d would probably have been easiest route into my empty NW corner.
    Instead I eventually got there via that reversed Mediterranean island which, along with Redcar, Bern, Surrey, and Rabat continued the recent spate of place names – doubtless sent specifically to try JonofWales.

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