i Cryptic Crossword 3111 Dac

January 27, 2021

The consensus back in the day was that this was on the difficult side for Dac, and I’m inclined to agree. We have one pretty obscure term at 19d that I had to check in the dictionary, and a composer elsewhere I certainly hadn’t heard of, but the rest I think was just a matter of some slightly tricky constructions (at 8d, for example, ONE for I, and several possible choices for the warmer surroundings), that meant more brain power than expected was due this morning. Everything is as well done as ever, though, so I doubt there will be any complaints about having to spend more time enjoying Dac’s work. First in 21d, last in 10ac, finish time a little under par for the i.

COD? I’ll go with the aforementioned 19d – “Scottish trick has power to wrong-foot (7)”.

To October 2016 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3111 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    Some beautifully put together clues as ever from Dac, although there was a bit of a sting in the tail for me with the unknown 19d, which typically I might have expected Dac to do as a hidden. An irresistible joke, I suppose. Not a fan of that clue personally (just because I found it too hard) but the likes of 1a, 9a, 11a – well too many to list really – were extremely nicely done.
    My mother was a big Tippett fan, so no problems with that one.

  2. dtw42 said

    Certainly harder than yesterday’s, but I’ve just finished it (last ones in were 14dn then 15ac). RHS went in quicker than the left. I was aware of the composer but was another who needed to look up the 19dn trick.

  3. Denzo said

    I found this a good deal easier than yesterday, but enough challenge to be enjoyable. I think because it contained more about things I know about (eg, Tippett and the French references), and less on pokemons and the three unknown women.👍

    One didn’t have a problem with parsing 8d, though one needed to consult Bradford to confirm such a bird exists. Also needed to check LOI 19d though solved from crossers and wordplay. Fav clue was 18d, penultimate solved.

    Recent posts refer to “BRB”; what is that, please?

    • Cornick said

      ‘Big Red Book’ – a somewhat cliquey way to refer to Chambers dictionary.

    • Saboteur said

      I posted that, Denzo. Apologies: no intention to make anyone feel excluded.

      It refers to Chambers dictionary, which is big and red and, er, a book, so Big Red Book so BRB. Quite a common usage among crossworders, but of course I accept that not everyone knew, so apologies to you.

      • Denzo said

        Thanks for your reply, Saboteur; but I was intrigued and not at all offended. But please try not to mention the Shorter Oxford too often!🤫

      • Cornick said

        Yes, definitely worth knowing as it does crop up a lot on Fifteensquared and Big Dave’s website.
        Sorry Saboteur – didn’t mean to cast aspersions!

      • Saboteur said

        No aspersions caught, Cornick! As I had been replying to you, a distinguished citizen of Crosswordland, I thought nothing of the abbreviations, only to be surprised that my use of COD for the Concise Oxford didn’t register. 🙂

  4. Saboteur said

    Good and enjoyable. Yes, a little tougher than usual, but as impeccable as ever.

    Last in was the unknown-to-me CANTRIP, which I guessed. Second-to-last in was MIEN, which I got by just working through the alphabet. But then I do tend to break into a cold sweat when I see four-letter entries, where there is no crossing initial letter.

  5. Veronica said

    It seems some of us found it harder and some easier than usual. I’d say it was easier than yesterday, like Denzo. However, I did do the crossword with my husband, and he’s good at the ones I’m not good at, like the composer. All finished over lunch.
    But very strange to do – several answers straight in – then a long pause, not doing any – then several more, all in a rapid cluster – then gradually finishing the harder ones.
    Anyway, all very enjoyable, with lovely constructed clues. Favourites for me were 9 and 20 across and 13 down.

  6. thebargee said

    Another enjoyable solve. Yes, I found it a bit trickier (?CANTRIPPIER) than DAC’s usual offerings but that’s no bad thing.

    Like others, I had to look up 19d for confirmation, but managed to dredge up the composer’s name from somewhere.

    I’m absolutely with Saboteur when it comes to 4-letter entries, they are all too often my undoing. MIEN was my LOI, preceded by the bird – not one I’d heard of but the answer was clearly clued.

    I think my COD has to be TANDOOR, if only because I’m already salivating at the prospect of a curry on Friday evening as a treat for a rather significant birthday. Still, it might bump me up the pecking order for a COVID jab 😉

  7. batarde said

    Just about managed that. Well, hurtled through it with barely a pause, in fact. Which is rather like swallowing a Murray Mint whole, but it was one of those days when the answers leapt out almost unbidden. Spiffing stuff throughout.

    I knew cantrip for some reason, but looked it up in the OID out of curiosity. Nothing doing – it’s not a good crossword reference, but the pictures make up for it. 😉

  8. Willow said

    Loved the crossword – beautifully done, thank you – but can’t stand Tippett. Along with Mahler, if his work comes on the radio I have to dive for the off switch. Some years ago my A Level Music group had to study a Tippett set work. I think they found it ok – it was a nightmare for me … very dry, cerebral and rambling in construction.

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