i Cryptic Crossword 2226 Dac

March 28, 2018

An enjoyable mid-week outing once again for Dac – mostly on the easy side I found, though I did spend an unreasonable amount of time struggling with the crossing pairs of 1ac and down, and 13ac and 5d. The former is just extremely well hidden, the second with a surface so smooth and a definition only vaguely familiar so that I struggled to find a way into it, the third really I should have got quicker, the last, well, that was quite a tricky one to parse. Elsewhere I’m sure some solvers will be delighted to find that their schoolboy French has been called upon yet again, and I wonder how many misspelt (which ironically WordPress is flagging up as a typo) 26ac?

COD? Let’s go with 1ac, which is very nicely done, hidden indeed in plain site – “A feature of portable technology? (6)”.

In the days running up to Easter 2014 (yes I did check – is this why we’ve skipped several months of potential reprints?) for all the answers, parsing, and more:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2226 Dac”

  1. batarde said

    The 1s went in okay, but 13 took a bit of squinting at and it was a long time before I was confident about 5. All very elegantly presented, as per.

  2. sprouthater said

    Only saw 1ac after getting 1dn which I thought an excellent clue. Mostly enjoyable just 2dn that doesn’t seem to work very well for me and of course 3dn, my schoolboy French is so far in the past as to be non-existent and I don’t want to converse with the beastly foreigners anyway.🙂

    • batarde said

      I thought the French accent of that clue was appropriate, since Dac appeared to be tipping his hat to Mme Piaf.

      • Cornick said

        Maybe ‘wanting a’ in 3d would have been clearer – I guess ‘needing’ works in a similar way to indicate deletion.

  3. Cornick said

    Everything fine, dandy and typically Dac – until 20a where I thought ‘golden’ meant AU, and that See was the definition and so couldn’t justify Maurice – which was all that fitted.

  4. A record time for me I think.

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