i Cryptic Crossword 2358 Dac

August 29, 2018

An enjoyable offering from Dac following last week’s unauthorised absence that I found to be pretty much on the easy side. Handily so because today is turning out to be one where:

  1. I’m struggling to stay awake.
  2. I’m extremely busy and short of time.

The two might not be unconnected.

Both 9ac and 10d were new to me, but as always with Dac the wordplay was quite clear leaving little doubt as to the outcome. 15ac I couldn’t parse, but as we’ve been watching re-runs of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire lately his was the first name to spring to mind. Elsewhere was pretty much plain sailing with lots of ticks by the clues – 19d and 21d in particular standing out. COD though goes to 13ac – “Brief announcement amid rail chaos in train station (5,5)”.

To May 2014:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2358 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Ha, your COD was my LOI and the only one not entirely parsed. I didn’t spot the LOCO. Pretty plain sailing and enjoyable otherwise.

  2. Topsy said

    pretty annoyed with myself for mistakenly splitting 27a into 4, 3, 4 and somehow trying to shoehorn in call the tune, Doh!

  3. batarde said

    I was highly delighted with 15ac, which just goes to show how sophisticated I am, innit. The other real highlight for me was the COD, but good entertaining fare throughout.

  4. sprouthater said

    Enjoyable puzzle which didn’t take too long. Held up a bit by the COD which I couldn’t parse and 15ac where I was trying to construct an answer with “Pro”in it.

  5. Well, yesterday I spent an hour looking blankly at clues without much success, today I finished in just over half an hour. What a difference a day makes.

  6. Cornick said

    If yesterday made me feel a bit smug, today made me feel like sitting in the corner wearing a pointy hat with a D on it.
    Found it hard to get on Dac’s wavelength, eventually struggling over the line in the evening after four of five visits at odd moments throughout the day.
    Good stuff though – but I do hope that safaris are only used for shooting by American dentists nowadays.

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