i Cryptic Crossword 2663 Dac

August 21, 2019

I did wonder if having half a mind on other things meant that I wasn’t sufficiently focused, but as John back in the day struggled a little too I’m going to say this was on the tricky side for Dac. I still finished under par for the i, so not terribly so. A couple of rarities dotted round the grid – the physicist (for which the spelling given by Dac isn’t Google’s first choice), the “cross” at 7d spring to mind – and a political family that for a long time I thought I wouldn’t get until I eventually remembered the right country – I suspect will have had something to do with this appraisement. I also suspect that memories of this film will have helped more than solver chuck in 12ac with little hesitation.

My FOI was the nice and easy 1ac, LOI 18ac, but only because of a foolish guess at TREE HOUSE for 15d (who needs to bother with the wordplay, anyway?)

Lots to appreciate as ever, and I did like “[s]tale bread” in 23ac, but my COD goes to 24ac – “Russian GP better off here? (5,10)”.

A quick plug – this coming Sunday we’ve got the latest in our sporadic series of Guest Puzzles, it being another Bank Holiday weekend, this time by Panthera. It’s a good one, so do pop by and have a look.

So without further ado, over to the other side for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2663 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    Until I hit the whimsical definitions in intersecting 23a and 16d this was heading into speed solve territory. All good, as per.

  2. Topsy said

    A pleasant solve, apart from my brain being jammed and I took ages to get 24a! 19d was obvious but I got stuck initially by thinking of the English spelling. I did like 23a.

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I found this tougher than usual for Day, but still completed in about my typical one hour. Enjoyable.

    I knew the physicist, but I’m another who thought it was spelt with an e, so I had to go to the internet to check, where I found that either spelling seems ok…

    The word-play for INCLEMENT puzzled me. Why “so-called”? And it took a long time for the penny to drop with “stale bread”in GUINEA HEN. SAINT PETERSBURG was a splendid clue!

  4. dtw42 said

    23ac went in in pencil for me, because I couldn’t see what the stale bread reference meant. Needed help with 25ac and didn’t get 26ac at all. As Michael says – why “co-called”? The rest of it was fine though.

    • Cornick said

      I’m not sure, but I’m think that in strict Crosswordese ‘Labour leader’ means ATTLEE here, and ‘so-called’ means what he was called by his intimates.

  5. sprouthater said

    Harder than usual but it all went in eventually with only a couple of question marks. LOI was 25ac which I had to check as I thought that was an Italian composer.

  6. batarde said

    Mine is the dissenting voice this time: sailed through it in a quicker than usual time. And jolly enjoyable it was too. I was particularly tickled by 6d for some reason.

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