i Cryptic Crossword 3237 Dac

June 23, 2021

It’s mid-week, the sun’s shining in Wales, and Dac’s on fine form, so all is well with the world. A sprint through the clues here this morning, notching up what I believe is a record time for the i, but enjoyed nevertheless, with all but the one clue (2d) parsed on solving. 20d gave me a little pause for thought at the close (did anybody else get SUM stuck in their head for part of the wordplay?), but the rest went in without too much hard thinking required.

You’ll probably all have your own picks for COD, this being Dac and it being that sort of puzzle, with my nomination going to 24ac – “Separation: it preceded 1981 royal wedding (13)”.

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


18 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3237 Dac”

  1. Denzo said

    Brilliant puzzle , as expected from DAC.  Only hold up for me was LOI, 7d, when it took too long ro realise that see could = search. I feel the 225 blogger must have got out of bed the wrong side: ROOM is an excellent metonym.

    Fantastic COD; the first three letters were obvious, but I needed most of the crossers for the penny to drop. Just the clue to show Concise Crossword fans what they are missing!

    • Veronica said

      I had to look up “metonym”! (though I had guessed the meaning from the word itself and the context) 🤔😮.
      I agree. Room is fine.

  2. Cornick said

    Lovely as ever from Dac. I too was held up at the end on 20d.
    Along with the CoD I very much admired 3d – elegantly assembled in the way that Dac does better than anyone.

  3. Topsy said

    I found this one easier to cope with than yesterday’s. No offence Cornick but it was rather to close to home 😦

  4. thebargee said

    I think this was probably over and done with in record time, like Jon. Superb as ever, my second one in (after 1d) was 1a and I remember feeling such admiration for Dac’s ability to produce great surfaces and anagram fodder. Such a shame he is no longer with us.

    It was 18d that held me up for a couple of minutes at the end; nice penny-drop moment!

  5. Saboteur said

    Delightful as ever. Ticks only in my margin. No quibbles, no queries, all good.

  6. Brock said

    Nice puzzle which I got through without too much difficulty. 19a was my favourite, closely followed by 24a. Couldn’t fully parse 14d because I was convinced that “October” must be OCT rather than the whole of OCTOBER! Duh.

    I gave up completely on the Five-Clue, though. I thought this was meant to be a straightforward puzzle to be completed in a few minutes over a cup of coffee? I missed the anagram at 5/6, and I couldn’t remember offhand that URE was a river, that ARS was Latin for “art”, that DRILL was a type of monkey, or that John Redwood was still an MP! OK to have this sort of thing in the main cryptic, but I think the Five-Clue should be a bit more accessible.

    • jonofwales said

      Spoilers for those who hadn’t yet solved the Five-Clue, but… 😉 I didn’t think it was that tricky, though they often can be. I suspect the point is that it is quicker than a 15×15 grid, though still retaining all that makes a cryptic a cryptic.

      • Brock said

        Sorry… didn’t mean to spoil it for anyone!

        The thing is that you need to be able to “cold-solve” at least one of the clues to start any cryptic. That’s much more likely to happen with a full-size puzzle, simply because of the much larger number of clues. I could probably have solved any of today’s clues with one or two checking letters, but because I couldn’t find a starting clue, I couldn’t do any of it.

        Probably just bad luck on my part today, as I usually don’t have a problem with it. I enjoy solving it as a warm-up to the main puzzle and was a bit miffed!

      • jonofwales said

        I’ve got stuck with it for precisely that reason before – if you get unlucky with a few clues, you’re well and truly stuck.

  7. Veronica said

    Fine and dandy.
    On a personal level, it was just all done and dusted too fast to be satisfying. Not a complaint, because I am happy for i crosswords to be all sorts of levels. Just for me, it was a little disappointing.
    Having said that, yes, lovely surfaces and constructions. My favourite was 3 down (INCOMPREHENSION). Also liked Jon’s CoD and DEPICT.

  8. batarde said

    All pleasant and correct; no question of a record time here, but everything dropped into place neatly as per. Once again the presentation of those long anagrams was top notch, something I’ve always thought of as a Dac trademark. Had a bit of a snigger about 18d, but 24ac looks like a stand-out clue of the day to me too.

    Better have a look at this 5 Clue, then … ah yes, I see. Not sure whether it’s meant to be pitched for an easy solve as such, but there’s some real main puzzle staples in there. Not a puzzle to welcome the cryptic-curious in, certainly.

  9. Grodnik said

    What a star Dac was. A personal best time for me today with 3d and 24a my favourites, just class all round!
    I’m so glad I started doing crosswords in my seventies as the clues and answers do make you think laterally. I fear that I must be something of a philistine as I read 5d a few years ago and was left with the feeling “what’s so great about this?”. A similar experience a few months ago with Conrad’s “Under Western Eyes”, got so bored with it that I had to force myself to finish it, then wished I hadn’t bothered. Ho hum. Any help out there? NDY so still time.
    Couldn’t decide whether the Concise top-line homophone referred to the erstwhile TV presenter or the implement that finished off Trotsky. Please keep them coming.

    • Cornick said

      If the world wasn’t so filled with phoneys, I dare say 5d wouldn’t seem so urgently relevant!

    • batarde said

      Nope, never did understand the Salinger cult either. I do like Conrad, but when he’s on a go-slow he’s interminable. That’s the time to reach for John Buchan!

  10. dtw42 said

    Yes, another quick solve here, and I was another who finished on 20dn, which held me up a little.

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