i Cryptic Crossword 3189 Dac

April 28, 2021

Dac’s back with the usual high-class offering. As expected we have a mix of smooth surfaces and fine wordplay, though the likes of the German region and language I suspect will have slowed down solvers a little. Overall this was still pretty breezy, with nothing controversial and nothing amiss, which also means that there is little to say, but in a good way. It’s a pangram, which you won’t be surprised to hear I missed entirely. Finish time comfortably under par for the i, and enjoyed, which goes without saying.

COD? Really, there are lots you could choose from, with my nomination going to 21ac – “Tennis champ once left after middle of Wimbledon final (5)”.

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


9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3189 Dac”

  1. Denzo said

    Seeing Dac’s name , I realised the meaning of Batarde’s “nothing gimmicky “ comment yesterday. It was, of course thus and a very enjoyable solve, although, despite lack of gimmicks it took longer than yesterday’s. I didn’t spot the pangram either; I wonder if DAC did, and does it matter?

    I wondered about IAN at 13a when the name is usually spelled IAIN in Scotland, but that’s been dome so often it’s now a cliché, and the American EON at 25a, but I guess that will be in Chambers, so OK. MANDARINATE and ESPERANTIST were gettable from the wordplay, but I wonder when they were last used as real words? First in was the city where my first wife was borh, which tempted me to put in NADAL before I realised it couldn’t be.

    LOI was my favourite PINKO. I had thought of floor as a verb, but the penny didn’t drop until the crossing SAND EEL gave me the PIN.

  2. Veronica said

    Sheer class.
    While it makes no difference to the solving, a cryptic crossword for me means the clues are smooth and make sense. (The test is “only need to read the clue out once to a solving partner, because they can remember the clue”!) Dac never disappoints.
    No problem with the German region or Indian language because my occasional solving partner is a geographical whizz kid: on my own today, I’d probably not finish. Though both 15s held me up for a while.
    Ah. Sigh of satisfaction. Tennis knowledge needed instead of football. Right up my street, so I’ll happily agree with the CoD.

  3. Saboteur said

    As delightful as ever. Such a shame we will eventually run out of Dac’s crosswords.

    Loved ICELAND. My only partially raised eyebrow was over CERAMIST, whic seems to have an “IC” missing – but it’s a Dac, so I didn’t even trouble to consult the dictionary.

  4. thebargee said

    Pretty quick and enjoyable solve today. 1a went straight in, the answer leapt out at me for some reason. If only it happened more often. Bolstered by that, I quickly wrote in WATER for 1d (not that I ever adulterate my whisky with anything other than more whisky), but it didn’t take long to see my mistake.

    Thereafter, the answers went in fairly smartly, but I confess to using a little e-help to get 15a; I’m not sure if the answer would’ve occurred to me otherwise.

    Oh, was it a pangram? I had no idea!!

  5. batarde said

    A Dac was a safe bet today after last week’s surprise Knut, but I forgot about his occasional pangrams. A top notch example of his work in my opinion, with some interesting vocabulary and lots of trademark elegance. 6ac and 8d haven’t had a shout out yet, but they both caught my attention.

  6. Cornick said

    So there’s no such word as ‘Mannarinage’ then? Oh well, at least I spotted the pangram and knew both Algonquin and Westphalia, although I’d only met it with a ‘Nord-Rhein’ in front of it before. Excellent as ever of course.

  7. dtw42 said

    Hmm, I whizzed through around half of it (mostly at the top) then found the second half a lot chewier. And with ghastly words like CERAMIST (what Saboteur said), MANDARINATE and ESPERANTIST, it’s no wonder.
    Chambers supports ‘git’=fool but that didn’t sit right with me – surely a git is an *annoying* person rather than a foolish one?
    Hey ho, at least I was fine with Westphalia and Algonquin.
    Like Denzo, my LOI was the PINKO.
    No, I didn’t spot the pangram, though I was solving in two sessions with about 8 hours’ gap between them.

  8. Willow said

    A great puzzle – very enjoyable, even if it had some slightly uncomfortable words. A good one to keep and show to budding solvers.

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