i Cryptic Crossword 3219 Dac

June 2, 2021

An enjoyable offering as always from Dac, and one I found to my surprise that I finished in a pretty snappy time, as this felt a little knotty along the way. A few unknowns dotted around in the answers and wordplay (a Spanish wine, Italian coin, and vaguely remembered castle) I suspect left me feeling a little uneasy throughout, though there was no need of course as you can always trust Dac to lead you home safe and sound. As ever beyond that there is little to say, except how reliably excellent this setter always was (and still is in the i!).

COD? I’m sure you have your own picks, but I especially liked the misdirection in the definition at 24ac – “Friend tours European country that’s not very majestic (8)”.

And so to January 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3219 Dac”

  1. dtw42 said

    Yup – a busy morning (cake baking before work! … then, work!) meant I only had time to do the first half of this, but that seemed to go in without trouble. Have just come back to it and filled in the rest; nothing that needed any cheats (though I did check after the fact that TINTO and SOLDO were indeed what they seemed to be indicated as, since I’d not heard of them).
    Your CoD was my LOI – but then &something* had to be.

  2. thebargee said

    Superb fare as ever from DAC, enjoyable from start to finish. No holdups to speak of, although I spent a little time trying to work RIOJA into 3d, but of course TINTO is simply Spanish for red (I think).

    My only teensy weensy quibble is MARINADE as a verb, or is ‘steep’ being used as a noun here? Doubtless someone will elucidate😊. Concur with Jon re COD, lovely misdirection.

    • Denzo said

      Almost right, tinto means red when you’re talking about wine, otherwise it’s rojo or roja.

      The Italian Lira and SOLDO have the same Latin origin as th  Libra, Solidus and Denarius used in another country.

      Great crossword, typical of Dac, especially the COD.

  3. Saboteur said

    As delightful as ever!

    My only hold-up was working out the precise parsing of MARINADE. Didn’t know the Italian coin, but knew I could trust Dac so I hesitated for only a nanosecond.

  4. batarde said

    I never did like writing the blog on a Wednesday, because all that’s really required for this setter is a thumbs up and a smiley face. All pleasant and correct; happy with the CoD.

    Marinade is a verb in multiple dictionaries – even the Little Oxford.

  5. Cornick said

    ‘Roller Derbies’, ‘Drill down’, ‘Light on’ (not upon) – these were phrases unfamiliar, and presented more brow-furrowing than the likes of SOLDO, TINTO or POM-POM, which all came to mind along with everything else without too much difficulty.
    Good, solid Dac nonetheless.

  6. Willow said

    Another excellent Dac – many thanks!

  7. Veronica said

    Didn’t quite finish, though didn’t spend as much time on it as usual. Having been to 15squared – yep, all very fair and solvable.
    Generally very good indeed. I didn’t like the old ONE FOR THE ROAD being brought back, but I concede that my own experiences make me super sensitive to anything that encourages or encouraged dangerous drinking.

    • batarde said

      Your comment on “one for the road” set me to wondering how old a phrase it is, and it turns out that the answer is “not very”. Well into the internal combustion engine era, anyway, and therefore rather reprehensible as you say. I’d assumed that it was venerable – it seems more harmless in the context of someone like my great-grandfather who was found drunk in charge of a brewer’s dray many a time, allegedly. The horse knew the way home, of course.

      • Veronica said

        That made me laugh. Good for the horse.
        (A little sad it isn’t a properly old phrase 😞. )

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