i Cryptic Crossword 2412 Dac

October 31, 2018

Following yesterday’s terrible news I was hoping we’d have a puzzle by Dac today, and was suitably pleased on turning to page 24. Thankfully we still have several years worth of puzzles from Dac in the i to look forward to, but sadly that supply is now limited.

Today’s offering was everything you could hope for – smooth surface readings, perfect cryptic constructions, a few smiles throughout. Very much on the easy side, but crosswords don’t have to be difficult to be good, and this was a welcome change of pace following yesterday’s puzzle. I didn’t get the longer anagrams at first, solving in fits and starts round the middle of the grid, but once I had 1ac and 1d the rest was no problem at all.

COD? As ever lots to enjoy, with my nomination going to 27ac – “When habits become sloppy, castigate manservant? (5-4,6)”.

If you’re hungry for more, today’s Times is also by Dac. Enjoy!

To July 2014 for the answers and parsing of the clues:


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2412 Dac”

  1. Topsy said

    I have to say my face fell when I saw today’s grid but I got off to a flying start. 27a made me smile and I thought I am actually enjoying this so I am greatly saddened by yesterday’s news. For me, you were a tough opponent but thank you Dac and Rest in Peace xxx

  2. StanXYZ said

    I really enjoyed this puzzle!

    So sorry to hear the sad news!


  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Dac’s offerings have always been a source of great pleasure, and this is no exception. Cosistently good: smooth surfaces, neat construction, erudite yet always accesdible. Very sad to learn of his demise.

    No quibbles from me about today’s clues. I got held up at the end by the crossing SWINBURNE and AFRESH. The ‘suffers’ part of the clue mystified me, and it took me a while to realise that the worker on the land was ‘serf’. For some unaccountable reason it took me ages to recognise that the English poet was Swinburne, despite having the S, I, B and E in place.

    Unlike Topsy, I was pleased when I saw the grid: tightly packed, lots of crossers and very few answers where the first letter was not a crosser.

  4. sprouthater said

    I too liked this grid, and this being Dac the four long answers are exactly right to get you started. Despite not knowing the poet or the playwright the solving was fairly straightforward with only 14ac being slightly problematic.
    Thanks for all these good puzzles Dac and RIP

  5. dtw42 said

    Yep, that was nice – I especially liked the cryptic defs for a couple of the long ones.

  6. Cornick said

    Somehow you just know Dac had to have been a nice fellow. To be so consistent, so fair, so generous really, always leading the solver to win the battle. He’ll be sorely missed, but I hope the setters coming through learn from his style.
    A good example of that today – enjoyable and relatively gentle.

  7. batarde said

    That is sad news indeed. I cut my teeth here blogging Wednesdays, and it’s quite a difficult day because Dac was so consistent. Rarely a hint of a quibble; famously the smoothest surfaces in the business, and for my money he was the master of the well-presented long anagram. Yet another fine puzzle today.

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