i Cryptic Crossword 2238 Dac

April 11, 2018

A fairly gentle offering from our Wednesday wizard that took half the time my laptop needed to install and configure what admittedly appeared to be quite a mammoth set of updates. Never casually announce “I’ll just quickly get this blog posted…”

18ac was new to me but perfectly gettable from the wordplay, though I did know the “movie pioneer” mentioned so the second half at least was a write-in. Ironically 3d and 21ac which weren’t at all difficult caused me more issues, probably because I suspect my mind isn’t fully in gear until after lunch. 17d I’d vaguely heard of which helped with the slightly tricky wordplay.

COD? Lots to like as always, but I’ll go with the aforementioned 17d – “Astronomer: he’s invited into girls’ class (8)”. I notice there’s some debate over on the other side about this clue, but I still like it. πŸ™‚

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2238 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Seemed fine to me; I slowed down a bit in the SE corner but still found the whole enjoyable πŸ™‚

  2. batarde said

    Re the contested apostrophe, I am reminded of Erasmus:

    “I recently attended a dinner of schoolmasters. I believe that more than a dozen of them were there. You could say that it was not only a good but full house. To the extent that I would have regarded it as a success if this assembly had broken up without bloodshed. I never saw a hotter argument on so unexciting a subject”.

    That aside, smashing crossword as usual – thank you Dac. I thought 15ac was a fine example of what he does so very well.

  3. sprouthater said

    Papers very late today so I did Cyclops in Private Eye .COD Guest’s potty which fits under genitals? (6). Dac was pretty good too.

  4. Cornick said

    Lovely. I think Dac must have been dipped in something rather fine at birth.

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