i Cryptic Crossword 2208 Dac

March 7, 2018

An enjoyable, pretty straightforward offering from Dac this week. 9ac puzzled me for a little at the close, and I did forget to solve the other difficult one – 21ac, something I only noticed when I went to look at the Fifteensquared blog and couldn’t understand where this GDANSK clue was everyone was talking about. 17ac was a bit naughty I suppose as it could have ended SOL(e) or LON(e), but luckily I jumped the right way, though I did confirm with Mr Google. Critics will claim that I had an unfair advantage at 19ac.

COD? Lots to enjoy as ever on a Wednesday, with my nomination going to 14d which I didn’t know how to spell, but do now thanks to Dac’s always immaculate clueing – “Compulsion to invest in economic upturn mostly is middle-class (9)”.

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7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2208 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    4dn I thought was rather neat. 🙂

  2. batarde said

    Lots of goodies today – another thumbs up for 4d, incidentally – but 9ac is just odd. Deduced from the cryptic, without a great deal of confidence. Other words exist to fill that gap; not so for 17ac which is therefore excusable but I don’t have to like it. Plenty of fun all told, anyway.

    • jonofwales said

      Now 9ac I got the other way round. It was evidently something nautical, so I guessed BOATIE as being similar to FOODIE, and lo and behold it worked.

  3. Cornick said

    Very good as usual – especially 14d and 4d – but I think I found this one harder to finish than some of the regular commenters above. Indeed I left 9a blank because I wanted it to be BEANIE but couldn’t see why.

  4. sprouthater said

    Lots of write-ins that helped with the obscurities at 9ac, 12ac and 21ac which only went in as the only port I could find, nothing about this clue appealed, luckily I didn’t have to parse 4dn as with just a few checking letters in, the answer seemed obvious. Agree with COD but 1ac got a couple of ticks too.

  5. New words of the day: someone who messes around in boats and the Indian Mallow or Velvetleaf.

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