i Cryptic Crossword 3225 Dac

June 9, 2021

Half term and inset days have finally passed, which means the kids are in school, the paper’s delivered before breakfast, and Dac is in his customary Wednesday spot. In other words, all is well with the world, as it was with this puzzle in fact. As enjoyable as always, with the ever-smooth surfaces present and correct, nothing amiss, and over in a flash with the customary quota of smiles and appreciation of a craftsman at work. Regular readers won’t be surprised to hear that the Texan city was my LOI, which together with the “Bourbon supporter” made for a slightly trickier corner, but the rest caused little pause for thought.

COD? Well, you could pick loads, but I’ll go with 12ac – “Anti-Brexiteer more confused by an embodiment of sovereignty? (8)”. For anybody who didn’t know the term, good luck I suspect with any online word finders. 🙂

Over to February 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/02/01/independent-9455-dac/

11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3225 Dac”

  1. Cornick said

    Very pleasant.
    Even if the answer to the CoD is a word which was designed by some people for the specific purpose of trying to irritate some other people!

  2. batarde said

    Yes … that was the only thing about the crossword I found even faintly objectionable. Amusing to see another buzzbomb so soon after the last, but it was 14ac which really tickled me.

  3. Saboteur said

    Nice and Dac-ian, if a touch tougher than usual. All good, but I did need a list for the Spanish dances, my LOI.

  4. Veronica said

    Just a nice quiet pleasure throughout. Dac does such reliably well constructed clues. Maybe no fireworks, but count me in as a fan.
    My favourites weren’t necessarily hard or inventive. But they were both smoothly done, made me smile, and – well – I just liked them: ROWER and DREADLOCKS.

    • Veronica said

      Oh, and LAREDO was my last one in, too. Geography not being my strength either. But at least I knew it and didn’t need to check.
      Did have to check ORLEANIST, but it was easy enough for me to deduce with 4/5 of the crossing letters.

  5. Willow said

    Really loved this beautifully crafted piece of work, as ever with Dac. Many thanks.

  6. dtw42 said

    Another late start due to a busy day here. The last six held me up for a while, after a calm happy solve. But once I got them I couldn’t see any great reason why they should have been tougher; perhaps my brain was just winding down. Otherwise, pretty much what everyone else has said, including re the Brexit one.

  7. John E said

    Both of my preferred dictionaries (Chambers and Collins) pluralise FANDAGO by adding an S, not an ES.

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