i Cryptic Crossword 2992 Dac

September 9, 2020

Back to 2015 today for a welcome return from Dac. A little trickier than we’re used to, perhaps, with some unfamiliar answers and a few complex constructions to boot, with 4ac and 4d notably falling into both categories. The latter in particular went in with a shrug on the assumption (incorrectly I think) that it was a variation of the better known Deadly. Elsewhere we had a party that wasn’t one of the usual suspects, a dance that was new to me combined with a servant that was the last one I thought of, and one at 15ac I struggle to spell without fail. A good puzzle nevertheless, as Dac’s always are.

COD? With honours to 7d (for the unexpected definition and slang), and 24ac because it fooled me for too long, I’ll go with the slightly whimsical 16d – “Maybe little friend‘s colourful collection? (7)”.

Over to the other side for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2992 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    Excellent puzzle, no struggles here.
    Did anyone ever encounter the word ‘san’ outside of a crossword? If not, as I suspect, how is someone not in the know supposed to work it out?
    Gam, Ide and half-a-dozen other frequent offenders could join that list.

  2. thebargee said

    Not as tough as yesterday, but enjoyable as Dac always is. I put my hand up as one who has never come across ‘san(atorium?)’ before, but the answer was clear enough.

    My favourite today was DUNNO, it made me chuckle. And I can’t be the only one who quickly bunged in SWALLOW for 17d before realising it was wrong?

  3. Denzo said

    Tricky for Dac, but seemed mostly too easy until the SW corner. Carouse was one of a few archaic words that didn’t come to mind quickly, but on the point of giving up I stopped trying to think of a board game and finished. All fair and mostly enjoyable.

  4. Topsy said

    Yes, I enjoyed this one and took my time over it in between tasks. I am now a little worried about the berries and must check the “blackcurrant” plant in my garden. I’m fairly sure it is blackcurrant but I’m not taking any chances!

  5. batarde said

    Oh dear. I forgot all about doing this one. Not a complaint of course … should’ve paid a bit more attention really. All oojah cum spiff, as per. Regarding “san”, it is a bit of an irritation I suppose, chiefly because of the feeling that the setter couldn’t be bothered to go beyond the tried and trusted cliché. My suspicion is that it’s one of those slang words which persisted in public schools long after it died out in the population at large.

  6. saboteur said

    Enjoyable as Dac always is,but certainly a bit tougher than he usually is. Most went in fairly readily, but, like Denzo, I had to work harder in the SW corner. Had to check the meaning of EMPIRIC, but what else could it have been? Loved DUNNO.

    As to “san”, well, one comes across references to sanatoria, but mainly in novels and from much older people whom one infers, as Batarde says, attended public school decades ago. But I don’t think I have ever heard “san”.

  7. dtw42 said

    In accordance with most of the above here; this was largely up my street and I was done by just after 8am. I had a tick against the CAROUSEL, “ha” against MALAYA, “ha ha” against “DUNNO”, and “!” against PALETTE.

  8. Willow said

    I worked at a Northern boarding school in the late 1980s where staff and students often referred to the San. It was the sick bay, comprising a small isolated dormitory for sick students and an office for the school nurse.

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