i Cryptic Crossword 2848 Dac

March 25, 2020

It’s Wednesday, it’s Dac, and a puzzle I suspect will have come as a relief to many after the past couple of slightly testing days. Taking heed of the latest government guidelines I’ve stayed put this morning, relying on the i‘s digital edition and puzzles app. This seems to be working quite well, and is an option well worth pursuing for those of you unable to get a physical copy of the paper. On the other hand my broadband connection’s up and down like a yo-yo today, no doubt because everybody’s busy streaming Netflix, though it does add a certain frisson to the solving and blogging experience.

Today’s solve could best be described as being pretty straightforward, with a couple of nice long friendly answers to fill up the grid – notably the TV show which will have been a write-in for many, and with a little sting in the tail on reaching the Canadian city and criminal tendency. The latter gave rise to my only query because I don’t see how Thelonious could possibly be mispronounced as the correct answer, but thankfully we were gifted the first letter. Elsewhere we had a language that was also somewhat little-known, but pretty clearly signposted, and a sea monster you may or may now have known.

Finish time easily under par for the i for the first time this week, and as good as always.

COD? Let’s go with 12/13 – “Broadcast e.g. favourite show on telly finally – this one? (4,1,3,4,3,3)”.

And before my connection drops again, here’s that all-important Fifteensquared link:


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2848 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    Similarly done digitally, everything fell into place nicely, working from the bottom up, pretty much.
    Surprised to see some of the Fifteensquared community judge this to be harder than the average Dac; maybe it was that Canadian city, which I thought might be SA(SKI[e]R)OON at first, but I should have realised sooner – a quarter of a million is a pretty sizeable settlement thereabouts, I dare say.

  2. batarde said

    Happy with all of that in the sense that there was nothing unfamiliar, but slightly irked at getting the COD at a glance from the enumeration alone. A very quick solve indeed, but never mind – still good stuff. I was more than happy with that Monk, by the way … works nicely if you imagine it spoken by Arfur Mullard.

    • Cornick said

      I have it as an app on my phone: it called
      inews digital edition by JPIMedia Publications Ltd.
      My rather dim recall is that I downloaded it through my subscription – the vouchers they send me had a covering letter that mentioned it I think.

      • dtw42 said

        Ooh, I shall need to look into that. I am a subscriber too, and for now my local newsagent is continuing to deliver the print copy, but every day I’m aware they might stop…

  3. saboteur said

    I did not know there was an online i! Joy unconfined! I have been ‘elsewhere’ today and yesterday but will re-join the conversation tomorrow.

  4. saboteur said

    Would somebody kindly send me a link. I can’t seem to find the crossword.

  5. The tortoise VM said

    Thank you Dac for a excellent puzzle, which was suitable for all solvers.
    I even finished this one today.
    My COD whatever that stands for was 19/22 across.
    It is so satisfying to have a quick browse over breakfast then a further pursue at lunchtime then to then finally nail it after dinner.
    Again thank you Dac for a pleasurable couple of hours.

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