i Cryptic Crossword 3022 Dac

October 14, 2020

A gentle offering from Dac eases us through mid-week, with little that will have troubled seasoned solvers. For my part I struggled a little towards the close with 5d and 25ac, and failed to parse 11ac and 18d on solving, but the rest went in with little ado finishing in a time more akin to the Telegraph than the i. There is little more to say, just because Dac is so consistently good with little if anything to quibble about.

Top notch entertainment all round, of course, being our usual Wednesday setter, with my COD nomination going to 5d – “Annoying shop assistant providing ointment for example (15)”.

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10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3022 Dac”

  1. saboteur said

    I agree that this was a nice, smooth Wednesday-Dac, and that there was little here to trouble the generality of solvers. I did need to check that such a bird as a SANDGROUSE, and such a medication as a COUNTERIRRITANT existed, but in both cases the crossing letters left little room for doubt. I couldn’t parse PROFITABLE – like various other people on 225, which made me feel less foolish for being in their company.

  2. batarde said

    Oh dear. One simply doesn’t say anything less than adulatory about Dac, does one? It’s like dissing the Dalai Lama, or being lukewarm about Olivia Coleman. Sadly, I didn’t think this was out of his top drawer, and it all felt rather workaday. 5ac was the first in, and that got a smile, but thereafter it was a stony-faced affair I’m afraid.

  3. Denzo said

    As Jon says, little to say, but this is not the first time that I have found Dac to throw the odd little trick into an otherwise gentle puzzle. I can imagine a smug smile on fis face as he clued 11a, expecting solvers (and bloggers!) to quickly put in UN and TABLE and then scratch their heads for PROFI, finally either putting it in with a shrug of the shoulders, as I did before cosulting 225, or working it out as some others have done.

    I wasn’t too happy with 21d: PILOT could just as easily been yachtsman or singer, but I suppose it’s a fair clue.

  4. Cornick said

    I did exactly as Denzo described – probably even down the the shrug as PROFI went in between UN and TABLE.
    LOI was PLATELAYER – I wonder what a railway plate is exactly… another day, another new thing to learn.

    • Denzo said

      Interesting, see Wikipedia.
      “Platelayer” is a little like “password”, which today should be as much unlike any word as possible, but no doubt was once an actual word.

  5. Gasmanjack said

    21: I had the pilot as StarWars Hans Solo.

  6. thebargee said

    Well, pretty much everything that saboteur and Denzo said, so I’ll say no more! Oh, except that I initially wrote in CALEBITE for 5ac, but the penny dropped eventually.

  7. dtw42 said

    Had this one done by 8.05 over the breakfast table (which kind of made up for yesterday’s, which was abandoned with only 40% done by late evening); put me down as another who put in the PROFI with a baffled shrug.
    I assumed SOLO mean Han, too (thought that a bit odd, but haven’t heard of it as a verb).

  8. imsewell said

    Can I dare suggest ‘iconic’ as a viable alternative answer to 1a? I might say “I con nick” on visiting a prison and something iconic would be worth seeing.

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