i Cryptic Crossword 2388 Dac

October 3, 2018

What’s left to say, except… Yes, another good one from Dac. Pretty much on the easy side, fortunately, as I was somewhat pressed for time today. The demands of work, and trying to make sure the youngest two make it off on time for a residential trip with the school. Yes, we have a couple of days of peace and quiet.

Lots of good surface readings, lots of ticks by the clues, lots to raise a smile. Like several back in the day I wasn’t at all happy with 2d which doesn’t really make any sense, and as I didn’t know the play it was something of a stab in the dark. But never mind…

COD? I had ticks by 1ac, 23/25 and 15d, but my nomination goes to 9ac, a good example of how easy Dac makes it look. “My private pet (5)”.

To June 2014, and a URL that looks wrong, but isn’t:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/06/02/independent-8621-by-morph/

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5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2388 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Wow, the blog’s up early today! With the day off, I was able to take my time on this over breakfast, and had all but four answers in before 9am. Very enjoyable for the most part: last one in was 21dn, which I’d not heard of.
    EXCEPT … for 2dn, which I just couldn’t see. Looking up the play now (I’d not heard of it either) – it appears it premiered in 2009 so wasn’t even topically-front-of-mind at its original Indy appearance in 2014. Pff. Alternative fills in that corner could have had, perhaps, EX-CON crossing CACTI?

  2. Michael said

    Dac is nothing if not reliable and this did not disappoint; a good, enjoyable and fair crossword. I had to look up Etrier, but the wordplay made it clear what it was that I was looking up. Both Amended and Present made me smile, even though I have seen variants of both before. I share in the general dissatisfaction with Enron as an entry, but it did not spoil the crossword.

  3. batarde said

    Another thumbs down for Enron, I’m afraid. This didn’t feel all that easy, mind you Minesweeper and the sudokus seemed particularly thorny too, so it’s probably just me. Some top notch surfaces today.

  4. sprouthater said

    Yet another who disliked 2dn, wasn’t particularly keen on 17dn either, plenty of ticks though my favourite being 16ac.

  5. Jimbo said

    Found this a lot chewier than recent Dacs but good nonetheless.

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