i Cryptic Crossword 2627 Dac

July 10, 2019

We’ve mysteriously nipped back in time over on the side today to December 2014. Presumably one that was missed along the way, unless there are deeper reasons. Anyway, today’s offering from Dac was as expected lots of fun, sound in every way with no question marks or queries at the close. The only point of note I suppose being that I suspect this was the fastest I’ve solved the i, which is probably due to this being particularly easy rather than any improvement on my part. Handily, as today has been one of those days, in a week which I suspect is going to be one of those weeks.

COD? I’ll go with 7d – “French city with very good banks receiving zero investment?”.

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11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2627 Dac”

  1. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    As so often, Dac shows us that doable isn’t necessarily dull, and that a fairly straightforward solve can be enjoyable and rewarding.

    No quibbles or queries from me today. I was held up for a short time only with my Last One In, wondering whether the place in Surrey was Epsom, implying that SEARCH was wrong or else it was Esher and MISSED OUT was wrong. (I don’t actually know whether Esher, Epsom or Egham are in Surrey, but they are the other side of the Tamar which is close enough for me. ☺).

  2. Pinegrove pirate said

    Got held up in the SW corner, I wanted to put in Ewell as in Tom Ewell of Seven year itch fame. Sad part was that I lived in Egham for 5 years at the end of the seventies. Otherwise all was well with the world

  3. Topsy said

    Most enjoyable apart from one, teeny quibble….. unless I have been mispronouncing “prospect” all my life, I can’t see 17a as a homophone. Is it just me?

    • dtw42 said

      Well I wondered about that too. There’s the short vs long ‘o’ and then there’s where the ‘s’ is supposed to come from.

    • jonofwales said

      I think Fifteensquared have called that wrong. It’s PRO’S (of harlot) + a homophone of PECKED only.

      • dtw42 said

        Okay that satisfies me re the ‘s’, but still agree with Topsy about the iffiness of the homophone.

      • jonofwales said

        PECKED sounds like PECT in a Welsh accent at least.

      • dtw42 said

        Never mind – I think we were trying to apply the homophone indicator to the PRO(s) bit as well as the PECK’D bit … but of course it doesn’t need to.

  4. sprouthater said

    Didn’t mind the hom at 17 but the one at 24 got a raspberry. Excellent puzzle though, 9ac caused a slight delay as I had the “M” in and couldn’t get Millet out of my mind. 22ac got ripple of applause.

  5. batarde said

    All good, no quibbles, if a little on the soft boiled side for my taste. I sucked my teeth at the partial homophone at 17 too, but assumed that it being a Dac the fault would be mine rather than his – and so it proved after a little more thought.

  6. Cornick said

    I had a quibble with Dac too; back in 2012 I think it was.
    If in doubt, just assume it’s you not him.
    Super puzzle, not overly quick for me because every time I solved a clue I had to go back and admire it, which slows things up a bit.

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