i Cryptic Crossword 2621 Dac

July 3, 2019

Dac’s back with an offering that I found to be a little trickier than par, especially in the SW corner. A writer I did know, but a wagon I only vaguely remembered, soldiers I sort of remembered, and a drink I did know but convinced myself was actually a horse were all to blame. In retrospect a lot of those problems were of my own making, so it’ll be interesting to see how others got on. Elsewhere I didn’t know the food at 14ac, but it could be little else, and the only other unknown was the not-particularly-hard-to-spot city.

Lots of ticks at the close – 19ac tickled me, as did 1d in a puerile sort of way – with my COD nomination going to 1ac – “Old player responsible for graffiti in toilet?”.

Back to March 2015 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2621 Dac”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I found this about par for Dac, finishing it as I did in only a little mo’re than half an hour.

    The only one I struggled with was RANKERS, for which I needed online help, and I also had to check that SHERPA means a conference official in addition to its more familiar (to me, at any rate)meaning.

    One quibble: in CHILDLIKE, is “chill” truly a synonym for “unfriendly”? Chilly, certainly, but surely not just chill.


  2. dtw42 said

    I rattled through it pretty quickly; wondered about CHILL as Michael’s already said.

    Had a few ticks or ‘ha-ha’s (1ac, 13ac, 14ac, 5dn, 17dn).

    My only queries (quibbles?) were 1dn (surely quarrels are BUST UPS not BUSTS UP … if the argument is for quarrels as a 3rd-person verb rather than a plural noun, then, yuck) and 2dn (one word? if you say so)

  3. Topsy said

    I enjoyed this one despite some of the niggles. I thought 5d was clever and had to smile at 1a. Despite having served in both the regular and territorial army I have never heard the expression “rankers”. I doubt that setters will give it up but I am a bit bored with “former princess….”

  4. sprouthater said

    Second setter this week to resurrect the hackneyed princess. I thought 1dn a bit odd but it did appeal to my schoolboy sense of humour unlike 12ac, that rags not a newspaper. All good fun though with ony 11dn needing checking, I had all the components but not the confidence to enter it. l gave the excellent anagram at 5dn three ticks.

  5. batarde said

    Not sure about the level of difficulty, but I did think this was a particularly enjoyable Dac. Rather different reservations about 1d which don’t need rehearsing here. Otherwise no quibbles and a tidy little tally of ticks. “Chill” as an adjective works fine for me, although the feel is archaic; 18d is an old-fashioned term too, I think. Slightly thrilled to see that one of supporting quotations for that in the OED is supplied by someone I know, incidentally.

  6. Cornick said

    Put me in the harder-than-average-for-a-Dac camp, but very much his super-smooth style.
    My only unknown was the conference official at 9a, although the plant at 11d took me an age to call to mind. Rankers and Chill both seemed fair enough – I wonder who Batarde’s friend might be?
    Thought the Putin/ Cameron spot was inspired.

  7. Loved the Putin/Cameron anagram!

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