i Cryptic Crossword 3512 by Dac

May 11, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of 5): 🌟🌟

Rather like one of the commenters on fifteensquared, I started this one at a gallop … but then slowed down considerably. So although accessible, as were all Dac’s puzzles, this gets two stars. And talking of stars, I liked Dac’s inclusion of one at 24dn. I remember seeing LOREN at the cinema in the 60s – and she’s still going strong today; Wikipedia describes her as one of the last surviving major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.

Sorry for that digression, but it’s difficult to find much to say about Dac’s puzzles as they were all good. Here, there were some neat twists among the clues: a bit of misdirection in 8dn (‘Liszt’, anybody?); my first thought for the sea mist in 17dn was ‘haar’ though I couldn’t see how that would work; and ‘dirty-sounding’ in 22ac had me wondering if the ‘old musician’ was some sort of viol player.

There were several clues vying for the CoD spot today, 4ac, 9ac and 5dn among them, but I’ll go for 3dn: ‘Difficult to get hold of, like a mule? (8)’.

The all-important explanations can be found at http://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/02/28/independent-9790-dac/

10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3512 by Dac”

  1. jonofwales said

    Similar story here – very quick start, with a bit of an amble towards the close. The port and sea-mist in the accompanying wordplay gave me a few issues, together with a crossing 20ac that struck me as being an odd word, though fairly clued as ever with Dac. Last in though was 5d, which was also one of my favourites, the quite intricate construction as ever in a surface reading that was as smooth as you would like.

    We see Dac rarely in the i now, and I suspect the supply is drawing to a end, so every one is an unexpected, delightful gift.

  2. Saboteur said

    Same here. Swift pace at first, then a bit slower. Last in was BETTERMENT, which I needed crosswordsolver for. Didn’t know AMBLER or GRANVILLE but both seemed plausible enough not to need a check until after completion.

    Delightful as ever. As Jonofwales says, knowing that the supply is coming to an end adds to the piquancy of the solve.

  3. thebargee said

    Thank heavens for Dac. Delightful as ever and a rare treat these days. Carelessly wrote in MODERNISTS for 14 (note to self – must be more thorough in checking anagram fodder) which made 5dn problematic, bu my mistake was spotted soon enough.
    The NE corner proved trickiest for me, last ones in being ARCHANGEL and AGIN.

  4. tonnelier said

    Nothing to add really, but just to say this is as perfect example of a ** puzzle as one could wish for

  5. dtw42 said

    Yeah. The sea-mist (agreed – who knows of one *other* than HAAR?) was pretty obscure but that’s about it. Quite a few proper names, of which 27ac was quite fun.

  6. Cornick said

    Agreed with all that’s been said, my LOI being DELIVEROO. Interesting to revisit ARCHANGEL again too – a place I haven’t thought about since before the internet was invented!

    • Grodnik said

      Archangel is poignant for us too as MrsGs’ uncle was aboard HMS Matabele, which was sunk by a German torpedo as she waited to finally escort a convoy into the Russian port in the freezing arctic winter. No one survived. Isn’t war wonderful?
      NDY

  7. Mighty_M said

    Like most others, I started well on this but slowed down considerably about half way through. Didn’t manage 19a so a big groan when I saw the answer. Favourite has to be 18d due to imagining what prim Eva might look like.

    • Borodin said

      Hi, Mighty_M
      Is this your first comment on idothei? If so, welcome to the site and thanks for dropping in.

      • Mighty_M said

        Hi Borodin, it’s my second time and thank you for the welcome. It took quite a while before I was able to finish a cryptic so I’ve been reading the blog for several months but wasn’t ready to comment until recently. I’m usually a day behind so it’s good the comments stay open.

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