i Cryptic Crossword 2328 Dac

July 25, 2018

Another enjoyable Wednesday outing, though one I found to be a little chewier than usual for Dac. Perhaps it was the smattering of unfamiliar terms – with 18ac in particular being initially resistant to a Google search. Or maybe the parsing of 1ac which eluded me for an age, or being more familiar with AT… than IN… for 4d. I’d also managed to forget the name of Shakespeare’s shrew, which made solving 16ac a little more interesting than was strictly necessary. 17d I was pleased to get from the wordplay, even if I should have guessed it sooner because of this book and film. Finish time about par for the i.

COD? I’ll go with 25ac – “Tale-teller finding teacher in playground at break? (7-6)”.

To May 2014:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/05/07/independent-8599-dac/

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2328 Dac”

  1. batarde said

    Mostly fine, although I did think that 14ac would have benefited from something more closely resembling a definition. A bit nebulous, innit?

    The book you mention is a long-standing item on my list of Novels I Must Never Read; others include The Da Vinci Code, Birdsong, Fifty Shades of Grey, and – gawd help us – The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency. Chances are I’m missing out on that one and the Faulks, but the media blitz annoyed me. 🙂

  2. Cornick said

    18a Chaco wasn’t in Chambers… Eventually tracked it down in Collins as a shortened form of the place name ‘Gran Chaco’.
    Apart from that and the intersecting Calomel, all tickety-boo and typically accessible, excellent Dac.

  3. sprouthater said

    Did this while “helping” friends to move house so had no access to either the internet or a dictionary so was pleased to find that I had got Chaco and Calomel right and spelt the fizzy drink and composer correctly.

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