i Cryptic Crossword 3004 Dac

September 23, 2020

A fairly easy going, enjoyable offering from Dac eases us through a wet midweek. A few potential obscurities dotted round the grid – the Roman soldiers, the critic, and possibly the London location (was I the only person to get halfway through writing in Covent Garden?) All were gettable though, with only 4ac causing major issues. Finished easily under par for the i, with a feeling that this is likely to be another crowd-pleaser.

COD? I’ll go with 8d, though as ever with Dac there are picks aplenty – “Group of witches meeting round wood somewhere in London (8,6)”.

To June 2016:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2016/06/29/independent-9269-dac/

12 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3004 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    Top drawer as ever from Dac. Maniple was the only one that seemed completely new, but a quick check in Chambers confirmed it. Coventry Street is in the Monopoly set with Piccadilly and Leicester Square, isn’t it? – but the surface reading did have me wondering if there mightn’t be a Coventry Circus for a bit. Typical Dac that, and a worthy COD.

  2. thebargee said

    Great puzzle, as ever, from Dac and a swift solve. Yes, 4ac needed an electronic check, but everything else went in fairly easily.

    8dn took me straight back to Monopoly-playing days as a child. You’re right Cornick, along with Piccadilly and Leicester Square it formed the yellow set if I remember.

    I confess I liked 5dn too 😉

  3. dtw42 said

    Yup; all finished over the breakfast table this morning.
    I was vaguely aware of the Roman soldier, but instead couldn’t parse the wordplay on that one. Last one in was 26, purely because it’s been a while since he was in the public eye & I’d momentarily forgotten him.

  4. Denzo said

    Agree on CoD, and, having lived in London most of my adult life, It came to me as soon as I realised that COVENT had too few letters. The street is less well known outside London than Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square (which it links), but, as observed on 15^2, is on the Monopoly Board.

    As an ignorant Southerner I had never heard of a DROP SCONE, (not on Monopoly or any other board) and didn’t guess from the wordplay, as perhaps I should. So another DNF as usual!

    I had to look up MANIPLE and OBOLS but managed those and NIGELLA without fully appreciating the brilliant wordplays I later saw on 15^2.

    Can anyone explain why SO-CALLED is needed in 5d, please?

  5. batarde said

    Plain sailing, and well up to the customary standard. Nice to be reminded of the gloriously waspish and indiscreet 26ac.

  6. thebargee said

    I wondered that too. Could be taken as a slight on her prowess I suppose?

  7. saboteur said

    Very enjoyably accompaniment to my gin and tonic this evening.

    I guessed OBOLS, and needed to double-check the meanings of MANIPLE and PANHANDLE, which I think I sort of knew, otherwise all pleasantly straightforward.

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