i Cryptic Crossword 2669 Dac

August 28, 2019

The run of easier puzzles continues with another enjoyable offering from Dac. There’s little to say, as ever, because as ever there’s nothing to fault. The NE corner held me up momentarily, with an obscure noble and Canadian city crossing, but both couldn’t have been more clearly clued, so if anything it was a lack of confidence on my own part that caused any delay. First in today was 1ac, having forgotten that I’ve been trying to begin in the SE corner, last in the aforementioned city, finish time well under par for the i.

COD? Lots to pick from as always, with my nomination going to 24ac – “Duellist initially argues about weapon (5)”, which all holds together so neatly.

To the Fifteensquared blog from June 2015, found unexpectedly using the answer to 14ac – would you believe that it’s only ever appeared as the answer in two puzzles?

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/06/03/independent-8934-dac/

7 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2669 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Likewise here – the NE corner was the finishing point (7dn and then 8dn for me); must admit I churned through the margrave (didn’t fit) and the landgrave (could’t see how) before finally recalling the right noble, and this despite having spent 10 years working for a company only one letter away from it.

    My only frown came courtesy of the “of” in 17dn, which works for the surface, but arguably not for the wordplay, IMHO. All peachy apart from that, and finished by 9.02.

  2. batarde said

    I don’t see an “of” in 17d, but the “by” might be considered a touch iffy. Not by me particularly: my niggle is that I didn’t think the gentleman in question was a philosopher. More a supplier of ready-made plot lines to Elizabethan dramatists. Everything else was spiffy, so no surprises there.

    At this rate Monk or Anax will turn up shortly, mark my words. 🙂

  3. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I too was held up – momentarily – by the crossing LAVAL and PALSGRAVE; I had heard of neither but the internet confirmed what they obviously we’re meant to be. Raised an eyebrow at PLAYLET, and, like Batarde, wondered about PLUTARCH.

    All over far too quickly, but pleasing and enjoyable as a Dac always is.

  4. Cornick said

    Started in NW, then (by good chance) swung SW and then SE, all filled at a ponderous read & write speed. NE was a quite different story though – entered LANDGRAVE on a punt, hadn’t heard of Palsgrave, Laval or Sea Perch, so needed to use dictionaries for help.
    Some lovely clues in there, including the COD.

  5. allan_c said

    What I said about it back then (see my comment on the original blog).

  6. New word of the day: “a Canadian city in southwestern Quebec, north of Montreal”

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