i Cryptic Crossword 2436 Dac

November 28, 2018

Wednesday comes round again and with it another enjoyable offering from Dac. Maybe it’s just me but I thought this is a little trickier than par, particularly in the NW corner where both 1ac and 3d were new to me, as was the tomato sauce used in the wordplay for 2d. Elsewhere I forgot the plural for 17d and failed to parse more than one or two. Well, it was still rather 14ac. Is to hum to sing? It’s probably in the dictionary but it foiled me for ages. Good fun nevertheless.

COD? He’s in the news rather less these days, apart from this slightly bizarre story, but for me it’s got to be 7d – “Mr Doherty is about, concealin’ drug (9)”.

To August 2014:


12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2436 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Agreed – the NW corner was the last to fall for me too (apart from 26ac). Took me a while to bring the right Mr Doherty to mind – being a snooker follower, all I could think of was Ken, and I *knew* that was too obscure and it wasn’t going to be him.

  2. batarde said

    Ken was the first to occur to me, too. Plain sailing throughout, and as enjoyable as ever.

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    Very enjoyable, as usual with Dac. Nice balance in the variety of clues, and good, smooth surfaces. Satisfying and good.

    NW corner was my last bit as well. Never heard of a FASTBACK (my last one in) as a kind of car (I don’t drive) and BUTTERY took me a while. Both, however fairly clued and quite gettable (indeed I got them, so evidently they were).

    One very minor quibble: LUD for judge seems dubious to me, although I can see how it works. Also, are AIR LETTERs what they were (are?) called? I don’t recall those flimsy blue things being referred to as anything other than air mail.

    • jonofwales said

      I thought the same. But according to Wikipedia “An aerogram, aérogramme, air letter or airletter is a thin lightweight piece of foldable and gummed paper for writing a letter for transit via airmail…”

      • AndyO said

        M’lud is a shortening of how to address a High Court judge respectfully so not to incur his displeasure – trust me on this one…

  4. sprouthater said

    Fairly straightforward just 7dn I needed help with as I know nothing about drugs and have no interest in someone who’s main claim to fame? is that he took them.

  5. Cornick said

    That NW corner was a bit of a slog, and for the same reasons already mentioned, plus I also struggled with elevated > enhanced, so most of that corner stared blankly at me for far too long to be comfortable.
    Otherwise very nice though.

  6. Tony said

    I don’t normally come here (don’t do the puzzle) but my attention was directed, by someone who doesdo the i, to yesterday’s puzzle and I noticed today’s was by Dac. Being four years behind, i solvers may not realise that Dac passed away very recently, RIP


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