The Fairfax Streak: Day 2

Day 2 and DH is defeated:

Today’s mix of obscurities include DEISTIC, CAPRICCIO, OSIER, JOYCE (Kilmer), ISTLE in EPISTLE, HYOID, HARICOT, MAESTRI, CATALEPSY and SPONDEE.

Thankfully the wordplay was easy enough to get them out, although OSIER was the big gamble: I had to assume that very large = OS, as in oversize I suppose. Of the two-letter words beginning in O that could mean very large, OS seemed the best bet, and it proved correct.

DP tomorrow, my favourite Fairfax compiler after DA, whose crosswords sometimes trip me up because I’m not the best with phrases.

 

3 thoughts on “The Fairfax Streak: Day 2

  1. For me, “osier” was a gimme: it (feels like it) has appeared in sooooo many crosswords over the years, both straight and cryptic. While I have never seen it used in prose, it must be one of those words that is Really Useful to setters!

    Anyway, this DH was a relative doddle; as you say, the wordplay made the obscurities easy.

    As usual, I took little please in finishing it: DH is a chore, not a delight.

  2. We have DP in Melbourne today as well. I posted this post yesterday.

    Don’t know how OSIER has slipped by me for so long. Will look out for it next team.

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