i Cryptic Crossword 2794 Dac

January 22, 2020

It’s mid-week, I’m rushed off my feet, and therefore exceedingly pleased to find Dac on duty as per, and a pretty easy Dac at that. Rattled off at a fair clip with only the odd break to field other issues, I finished in close to a record time for the i, with only a little pause for thought at, yes, 19d, though that was as clearly clued as you would like. Elsewhere I didn’t know the theatre, panicked for a moment on the African place name required because, well, there are lots of them, and missed a beat for reasons that elude me now on 12ac. Thoroughly enjoyable, and today exactly what I was looking for.

COD? I’ll go with 27ac because it’s another good example of Dac’s always smooth surface readings – “Joker finishes off the beer after non-alcoholic drinks (6)”.

To July 2015:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/07/22/independent-8976-dac/

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2794 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yus, this was (unlike my troubles yesterday) finished off over the breakfast table.

  2. Topsy said

    Yes, thank goodness it was Dac today. No complaints at all apart from my own daftness at taking ages to spot the German!

  3. batarde said

    5d was a particularly tasty clue, wasn’t it? I’ve never thought of Dac as an entry level compiler exactly, because he was more inventive than the very strict Ximineans and never much of a one for a cliché, but there’s something about his style which enables the slightly more experienced solver to whistle through the puzzles in no time. Probably the absence of loose ends and quibbles.

  4. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    DACA proves again that an accessible and straightforwardly-clued puzzle need not be unsatisfying or unenjoyable. I too hesitated, but for a moment, on BARBET, but knew I could trust the wordplay. DOMINION took a bit of dredging up from the depths of my memory, but even so, all done in good time leaving me wondering what to do now…

  5. Cornick said

    Accessible and elegant.
    Not a bad combination, that.

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