i Cryptic Crossword 3159 Dac

March 24, 2021

Dac occupies his customary weekday slot with a fairly straightforward, thoroughly enjoyable offering. There’s some discussion on the other side regarding the rareties at 6d and 7d, but neither held me up for long, the latter in particular being as clearly clued as you would like, as expected with Dac. We have the usual smooth surfaces, fair wordplay, and top notch quality and entertainment value. What’s not to like? Well, nothing, of course. Just the one I couldn’t parse at 4d, but thankfully I did know the eponymous hero’s first name. Probably from other crosswords it must be said, rather than any extensive literary knowledge. First in today 22d where I started, last in the aforementioned 4d, finish time about as quick as they get.

COD? The problem (!) today was that there were too many to pick from, with my nomination going to 16d – “Traveller, customer at restaurant who belches a lot? (8)”.

To March 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


14 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3159 Dac”

  1. Denzo said

    Agreed fairly straightforward, thoroughly enjoyable but I also agree with the 225 blogger that it’s at the more difficult end of the Dac range. 6D and 7d were also unknown to me as was 24a; I always struggle with drug-related clues and took a long time to get the right meaning of Weed in 1a

    1d came to me much quicker than most Spoonerisms, and, not having read Flaubert
    From wordplay, REPEATER came fairly soon for 16d, but I thought it a poor definition. Eventually, I conceded that what it lacked in accuracy was more than comopensated by humour and it was my LOI. My favourites were 14d and 25a. Noticed that both 23a and 18d have appeared in very recent puzzles.

    • Denzo said

      Didn’t finish, sorry – meant to say 1d came to me much quicker than most Spoonerisms, and, not having read Flaubert, had a lucky guess that Emma was Mme B’s forename, confirmied by good old Wikiperdia.

    • Denzo said

      Didn’t Alexander Pope also feature a week or so back?

  2. thebargee said

    All very enjoyable and straightforward again today, although I’m not quite sure how I managed to unravel the anagram at 6d, I’m sure I’ve never heard of the breed in question. I think something about the way I’d written down the anagrist in a random arrangement suggested the word PINSCHER.

    4d had to be either ESME or EMMA and luckily I remembered the Mme abbreviation for Madame. The one I failed to parse was CONCATENATION. a word all too familiar to me from my erstwhile career in computer-geekery.

    LOI was 21a.

  3. Saboteur said

    All good, although just a touch tougher than usual I thought. AFFENPINSCHER was new to me, but very clearly clued with helpful crossers, so it posed no problem. Last in was DELIRIANT, which was also new, but guessable.

    Enjoyable as ever.

  4. Veronica said

    One of the lovely things about idothei is that I’m getting to know different setters. I used to ignore who it was.
    So, today: Dac! Yep, yep and yep again. This meant it was worth working out the ones where I might not know the definition. And, so it was. I love that. A true puzzle. (And GOBELIN is a great word! Maybe even OHNF, once heard never forgotten, grodnik?)
    I know about dogs, so no problem with 6 down.
    As for my favourite: I will stick with INDISPENSABLE, even though I have now learned it is inaccurate from 15squared (thanks allen_c). But I agree, there were lots of good clues to choose from. EMMA was my second favourite, for such a neat construction.

  5. tonnelier said

    I found this at the harder end of the Dac spectrum. All the answers were familiar enough words but the parsing of 15 was a problem.

    I enjoyed Llanelli and headbanger, but was most impressed by the very smooth and totally convincing 21. Yes, motto does seem to crop up everywhere recently.

  6. batarde said

    What, no praise for 14d? Thought that was as Daccy as Dac gets. A breeze, but it was nice to dust off some seldom used vocabulary, and of course it’s top quality. Particularly amused by 3 and 13ac.

  7. dtw42 said

    Another all-done-at-the-breakfast-table for me today (7.55 finish), but none the worse for that. Yes, I was unsure of the parsing of one or two, and yes, I had to look up 24ac, which is a WEIRD-looking word. I was fine with EMMA (and suspect I may have written a very similar clue myself at some point – the general gist of it was definitely familiar from somewhere!) Two days running for the MOTTO. LOI was THRACE.

  8. Cornick said

    Soooo good. Like a warm bath or a hot cocoa – everything just peachy, even if I did rather hastily put in the even rarer breed of Naffapinscher before the crossers put me right.

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