i Cryptic Crossword 2298 Dac

June 20, 2018

What can you say? Dac’s back after a week AWOL and with a puzzle that’s as watertight and enjoyable as ever. I didn’t know the Spanish inn, but fortunately did know the tennis player so no problems there. The Notts town took a bit longer to fall – did I mention that Geography isn’t my strong point? – but thankfully I twigged SWELL for smart pretty sharpish. The only issue remaining was the little woman’s name required at 21d, with thankfully not that many candidates to choose from. Kathryn’s Dad’s prediction back in the day that “MIDDLEMARCH won’t date well, so the editor might have to be careful if he recycles this one in the i in five years’ time” proved to be false in my case, but I’m guessing memories of it won’t be as fresh now, four years later. Yes, it does look like we’re slowly catching up with the Independent…

COD? Lots to like as ever, with an extra tick by 11d – “Goes off with crew aboard a boat (6,7)”.

To March 2014 for all the answers and analysis of the clues:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/03/12/independent-8551-dac/

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2298 Dac”

  1. batarde said

    Yes indeed, a watertight puzzle. Not desperately keen on towns and sportspeople in the usual run of things, but clue writing of this quality helps a lot.

  2. Cornick said

    Enjoyed it. Your COD was pipped for me by 24d: ‘Nude’ fossil discovery gives clue to tree of life.

  3. sprouthater said

    Sped through most of this but slowed considerably for the final few which included unknown Notts towns and the oddities of 21ac and 28ac. 25ac should really have been amended.

  4. jonofwales said

    I’ve just noticed that the MIDDLEMARCH clue was indeed amended, and what Kathryn’s Dad was actually getting at, and now feel rather foolish. Oh well. 🙂

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