i Cryptic Crossword 2394 Dac

October 10, 2018

It’s Wednesday, it’s Dac, and a puzzle that’s as good as ever and, probably, about as easy as they get in the i. This was solved with half an ear to a phone conference and still about as quickly as I manage them. The definition at 1d was new on me, even if the wordplay left little doubt, as was the wine at 23ac, but what else could it be? The temptation to lob in APEX for 25ac was almost overwhelming before I reined myself in and thought hang about Jon, check the wordplay. FOI 1ac. LOI 12ac which I almost forgot to solve – and which did give a moment’s pause – until I twigged what the make-up bit was getting at.

COD? Lots of ticks as ever on a Wednesday, with my nomination going to 9d – “Setter – that’s me – in the money (6)”.

To July 2014:



4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2394 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    Gentle level of difficulty for the i, wasn’t it? And well-written of course.
    14d was a little weak by Dac’s standards, mind you, but otherwise all nicely enjoyable.

  2. batarde said

    Enjoyed that, while it lasted. Agreed with Cornick about 14d which got a sigh; the same goes for the last couple of downs.

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Solving a Dac is always pleasurable and satisfying. I agree that the clue for Spellbound was weak, but that’s all. I had to look up Chambertin to check it was indeed a red wine, but the word play made it perfectly clear. CoD for me was Hippos.

  4. Jimbo said

    Some really easy bits but a few roadbumps for me, especially on 5, 23 and 30. I always love Dac’s surfaces, something to aspire to.

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