i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2779 by Dac

January 11, 2020

Saturday 4th January 2020

My turn to blog the unbloggable Dac. Consistently faultless and pleasing, he sometimes creates puzzles that seem so perfect they achieve a sort of alchemy – last Wednesday’s being one such, indeed.

But we’re discussing his previous offering, from last Saturday of course, which I thought was very good (as ever) but that it was a comparatively run-of-the-mill Dac, and also very much on the easy side for a day when some of us would have been up for a stiffer challenge. Mind you, I notice in the comments of the original blog-with-all-the-answers here that Cyborg thought it better than usual, so take your pick.

My only question concerned the spelling of Tyke as ‘Tike’ in 4d, and my only new word was my LOI Epistyle at 20a, although in common with my usual practice, I’m now convinced that I’ve always known the word and its meaning perfectly well, thank you very much.

I rather liked the clever double definition at 21a, but my COD goes to the following, not least because it avoided of the obvious clueing strategy:

13d Dickensian hero pilfered rum, placed under arrest (11)

There do exist some solvers who only ever do the Saturday crossword; perhaps this one might have enticed them to have a go on the odd Wednesday as well.

4 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2779 by Dac”

  1. batarde said

    A bit of variety on a Saturday is welcome, but it does seem a little odd to have chosen Dac who has the now unique distinction of a regular weekly slot in the i – for the time being at least. It’s another one of those puzzles which is both high quality and trivially straightforward at the same time. It would be churlish to grumble.

  2. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    What to say? Delightful, unproblematic. An odd choice for the Saturday slot.

  3. dtw42 said

    Yup. I was done by 10am, according to my annotations, and regarded 20ac as the only “hard word”. No frowny faces or swearwords in the margins, so I was clearly happy with everything!

  4. jonofwales said

    Enjoyable, nice and easy, plenty of time to get on with the Inquisitor. 🙂 A bit of variety’s nice on a Saturday, and Dac is always excellent value for money, so no complaints here.

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