i Cryptic Crossword 3052 Dac

November 18, 2020

Today we have a pangram from Dac that I’m inclined to think was a little trickier than expected from him. Or rather, I found the RHS of the grid to be so, in addition to 18ac. The latter seems odd for Dac in that it contains both an obscurity in the wordplay and answer, and I do wonder how much his hand was forced by the pangram. Elsewhere I found myself at a disadvantage with 25ac in that I know too many Welsh female names to quickly pick the one required, and can see no way that 19ac could possibly sound like throws to an Eastender, though presumably it does, and again seems to leave the poor solver from other parts of the country at a bit of a disadvantage.

All of which grumbling leaves me wondering if I’m in agreement with the second point by Copmus in the comments over on the other side. Or perhaps mid-week just finds me a little grumpy. My finish time today was over par for the i, though interrupted by the inconveniences of work which may explain some of my difficulties.

COD? Well, it’s Dac, and despite said grumbling there’s always loads to pick from, with my nomination going to 27ac – “Satellite: vainly hope to live on it (6)”.

To August 2016 for the answers and parsing of the clues:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3052 Dac”

  1. thebargee said

    Yes, definitely a little trickier than I’ve come to expect from Dac, with a fair few obscurities for me at least, including 12ac, 18ac and 7dn. I guessed it was going to be a pangram from the start as my FOI was 4ac.

    I finished in a good time, or at least I thought I had, but on checking the other side I found that ALIEN wasn’t the answer to 15ac! Ho hum, I enjoyed it for the most part.

  2. Saboteur said

    Yes, isn’t it annoying when work gets in the way of your crossword? Don’t people understand? 🙂

    On the whole this seemed typically Dacian to me – apart from HYDROMEL which I needed crossword-solver for. Otherwise good and enjoyable as usual. Took me a while to get the homophone in FROZE, but the pangram left me in little doubt. I do feel uncomfortable with the dish/CUTIE thing, though.

  3. Denzo said

    My car needed a service and MOT, so I had a morning waiting in a virtually empty car showroom, and wouldn’t have minded one by K… or M… .

    The advantage of having no distraction outweighed the disadvantage of no dictionary, though I had to go online on my phone for HYDROMEL. The only “Welsh” female name I know is SIAN, so I didn’t have Jon’s handicap, and she has also featured in another recent crossword. I don’t think I knew of a satellite called, PHOEBE, but it could be nothing else from the wordplay. Dac’s surfaces are usually good, so when you see the rubbish in 17a, it has to be DROSERA given two crossers.

    Although QUISLING was first in, I didn’t notice the pangram, but found this enjoyable and not too easy.

  4. Jayjay said

    I’m ok with the dish/cutie thing: two pretty much out of date terms that could be applied to any gender. Had the same trouble as others with 18 and 25a, but really enjoyed this one. Lovely surfaces at 15a, 2d, 16d among others. Thanks to Dac and jonofwales for crossword and blog.

  5. batarde said

    Hydromel was new to me, but melomel and the Latin for honey weren’t, so the deduction felt safe enough. A funny old word to trip over on a Wednesday, to be sure. Luckily I met a Sian only last week, and therefore got the right Welsh name straight away but my sympathies on your plight, Jon. Otherwise it all seemed enjoyable enough to me, and there were a few clues that struck me as so good that they’d serve very nicely for discouraging tyro setters from even starting – 2 and 15d for example.

  6. Cornick said

    Nothing untoward today from my end of things. 18a had to be HYDRO??L so I did wonder about Hydroxyl, but ‘Xyal’ seemed most unlikely and then ‘ME[a]L‘ was confirmed by the crossing 15d in any case. So all good.
    Still seems strange doing Dac when we know he’s no longer with us.

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