i Cryptic Crossword 2812 Dac

February 12, 2020

The puzzles so far this week in the i could best be described as being contentious, but hopefully most solvers will have found something to enjoy with today’s offering from Dac. Very much on the easy side, finished comfortably under par for these parts, there were though a few nice bits of wordplay to get your teeth into, and the odd obscurity, notably at 20ac, to test our parsing skills. Talking of which, said skills failed me at 2d, but as the answer could be little else in it went. Elsewhere progress was steady with no hold-ups, and thoroughly enjoyed.

COD? There are loads to pick from today as expected, with 14d in particular being a close runner-up, my nomination going to 1d – “Recognising what plain cake has on top? (8)”.

BTW, am I the only Inquisitor solver who, following last week’s Mr Men theme, is being generally plagued by adverts from Amazon for said books?

And so to November 2015, where I assume the lack of comments indicates a general satisfaction with the puzzle:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/11/11/independent-9072-dac/

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2812 Dac”

  1. batarde said

    Oh yes, perfectly happy with this. 20ac was indeed a bit of a surprise, it being a word which had its day about two centuries ago I’d have thought, and has since fallen into obscurity. Nice to see it. Plenty to enjoy today, for all that it was another quick ‘un.

  2. saboteur said

    Indeed. A pleasure to solve, with lovely surface readings throughout. HEELTAP was my only query, but the word-play and crossing letters left little room for doubt. All over far too soon.

  3. Topsy said

    Thank goodness for Dac to bring a bit of light relief. Once again I held myself up through carelessness by bunging in school instead of slopes. However, I persevered and got there in the end 😀

  4. Jimbo said

    Enjoyed this, albeit getting stuck in the SW corner for ages, before working out who the prickly creature was (my CotD). Failed to parse 19 even though the word urchin had crossed my mind.

    Perhaps a couple of minor niggles. “Northern” for abbreviated “the” seemed odd when Yorkshire works better. And “night” for “late” is similarly vague. Minor, as I say.

  5. dtw42 said

    For reasons not worth going into here, I found myself printing out and doing today’s Guardian puzzle over the breakfast table instead of the i. (That was quite fun.)
    Then a busy day’s work meant I didn’t even get to glance at this till 5.20. What a relief that it wasn’t a chewy one, then!
    I failed to quite understand how 2dn worked, but the answer was clear enough. My amused “ha” annotations went to 1dn and 10ac.

    • Topsy said

      I am with you, dtw, I got the answer but no idea why. These days I am just grateful to get solutions and I am not such a purist as to need to know why. As my teachers said all those years ago, “must try harder”!

  6. Cornick said

    Happy again today.
    One of the things I like best about Dac is that he so often comes up with brilliant constructions for his longer lights – of which 13a, 16a, and 5d were all fine examples.

  7. allan_c said

    This took a bit longer than a Dac usually does but I finished eventually. NIGHTJAR was one I got stuck on as I couldn’t get ‘Camus’ out of my mind for 7dn although I knew it couldn’t be right.
    And a pedant’s corner moment over CHEMIST – the preferred term (pace Boots) for a dispenser of medicines is ‘pharmacist’ but things are often different in Crosswordland.

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