i Cryptic Crossword 2262 Dac

May 9, 2018

After yesterday’s travails which will have left many solvers I suspect 4d, Dac’s back showing how it should be done. Smooth surfaces, good, fair clues, and above all lots of fun. I came a bit of a cropper in the SE corner after getting 20ac wrong as per other solvers back in the day, and because I didn’t know LAC for “leading aircraftman”. Never mind, I got there in the end, and struggling with one or two at the close is a different matter from struggling with every single one. 🙂 I’m still not sure really how 11ac is supposed to work, but the answer was clear enough. Elsewhere everything seems to be clear and above board.

COD? Among many good ones, I’ll go with 14ac – “Beginnings of dire row between poor performers in Eastenders acting unprofessionally? (2-4)”.

To January 2014 once more:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2262 Dac”

  1. batarde said

    I wrote the answer to the COD in the wrong place early on, which always puts me right out of sorts. So I didn’t very much enjoy it, but that’s no reflection on Dac. 11ac seemed to be a simple play on the lake of the same name, and didn’t strike me as one of his better clues. Otherwise up to the usual impeccable standard.

  2. Also failed in the SE corner by confidently putting 20a ending in -ing before equally confidently changing it to -ion. Therefore failed to see the true meaning of the shower in 15d.

  3. dtw42 said

    I had the same thing with 20ac (-ive didn’t even occur to me) so failed to solve 15dn. Also needed electronic help for 16ac. Managed everything else on my own though! Still thought this was a bit tricky in places but a lot more palatable than yesterday’s.

  4. Cornick said

    Dac is the most consistently excellent setter I know – so a slight dip below his usual level becomes all the more noticeable, alas. Fell into the same problems with 20a/ 15d, but there were also a few unsatisfactory abbreviations, and one or two uncharacteristically iffy definitions, I thought.

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