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.