i Cryptic Crossword 2316 Dac

July 11, 2018

What’s left to say about Dac? We get the same top notch offering most Wednesdays, and they’re consistently good, and consistently enjoyable. This was perhaps at the easier end of the spectrum, though I did get myself into a little trouble at the close with 17d and 25ac, though not for long admittedly. Why? Because I got hung up on LOPING for “long walk” and thus couldn’t work out the parsing, and while I did know the director (who doesn’t?), I didn’t know his nationality. Well now I do, thanks to Dac. 21d in the same corner may have held up one or two solvers, but for me it was one of those things I knew, though I couldn’t say why. 18d was the only other really obscure answer, but it was very clearly clued, so no problems there.

COD? With much to appreciate, I’ll go with 1ac – “Like obscure town on English shore, abandoned (3-5)”.

To March 2014:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/03/19/independent-8557-by-dac/

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3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2316 Dac”

  1. sprouthater said

    As enjoyable as ever, 4dn took a while to parse as my first thought on seeing celebrity is YUK and my second is Star which is there in the answer but of course not the synonym we want. 20ac also struck me as a bit odd with “piece” being part of the clue and then having to extract the same word from the anagram fodder. COD was excellent 14ac also LOI 25ac

  2. batarde said

    20ac did seem like a very rare slip to me on account of that “piece”, but you really have to hunt for anything to criticise in a Dac puzzle and usually draw a blank. A happy customer as usual.

  3. dtw42 said

    Another busy day meant I was only able to tackle this in fits and starts. Mostly smooth and enjoyable though, including the ones queried above. My last ones in were 12ac and then 3dn.

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