i Cryptic Crossword 2878 Dac

April 29, 2020

I suspect today’s offering in terms of difficulty is about as straightforward as the i gets, though being Dac this was of top notch quality, so I suspect too there will be few complaints. In common with solvers on the other side I was more familiar with the version of 10/12 heard in The Godfather, and questioned the definition at 30ac, but everything else seemed to be present and correct. We have the one potential unknown at 23ac, but the wordplay involves a crossword cliche I’m guessing most solvers will have met before, so it should have caused no difficulties.

COD? Because it’s done well, and because it reminded me of Agatha Christie’s always enjoyable whodunits, 19d – “Highly-poisonous compound, portion with water put in (8)”.

To February 2016:


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2878 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    This would have been a good day to start in your favoured SE corner, Jon, which was the first to properly yield as I gently prodded my way round having started top left.
    EDDA was new; GUEST HOUSE my favourite today; all good. What do I do now?

  2. saboteur said

    Enjoyable as ever, and as ever far too brief a pleasure.

    Last one in was PARAQUAT, because I always forget to think about the letter Q, even when there is a U there to help me. I forgot today even after earlier suspecting a pangram, before disabusing myself of the possibility. GUEST HOUSE was indeed a good one.

  3. batarde said

    Luca Brasi swims with da fishes. Nope, doesn’t have the same ring, somehow. A funny set of words today, especially 4ac which just looks deeply wrong written down … no unknowns, however. 1d and the COD were both chortlesome.

    Regarding Icelandic poetry and that crossword cliché, I am reminded of the divine origin of logarithms. God had to invent them in order to get the adders to go forth and multiply.

    Boom tish.

  4. dtw42 said

    I was fine with the 23ac; my last one in was 9ac (perhaps because the tendency to read “work” and think “op.” is soooo strong). Yes, 10ac was unfamiliar in comparison the sleepy variant, but it seemed guessable and all the crossers rapidly confirmed it. Therefore – all done over the breakfast table by 7.55.
    21ac is the sort of thing that make you go “Why have *I* never spotted that?”

    The article printed above the puzzle seemed like a techno-neologist’s fever dream: ratbot biobot spinobot?

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