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Ну и денек выдался в минувшую субботу!

I assume these two words are not to be interpreted literally as "Well and". When do you use "Ну и" like this at the start of conversation?

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By Alone-zee's request i trasfer here my comments made in response to identical sub-question in another thread

ну и is an emphatic compound interjection in exclamations expressing negative emotions or attitude, it functions as the English what a...; such a...; so... but only in a negative context, e.g.

Ну и погодка сегодня! - What a terrible weather we have today!

Ну и дурак же ты!/Ну ты и дурак! - You're such a fool!

Ну ты и загнул!/Ну и загнул же ты! - You're so exaggerating!

Ну и видок у тебя, Шарапов! - You have such a terrible look, Sharapov!

- Could it be that this "и" is a particle for emphasis that often precedes a verb?

I doubt that. ну и goes not only with verbs and rather to a lesser extent with verbs, and it doesn't follow some previous statement for confirmation or reinforcement, it is perfectly autonomous and self-contained.

Check these examples of usage with a verb:

1. Ну ты и пишешь! (a comment about quality of handwriting) - You have such an awful handwriting! (characters are either too small, illegible, ugly, don't meet some arbitrary requirements or something else etc)

VERSUS

in a dialogue:

2.
-Зачем я это пишу? - Why am i even writing this?
-Тебе сказали писать? - Have you been told to write this?
-Да. - Yes.
-Ну / Вот / Ну вот ты и пишешь. - So that's why you're writing.

Note that in the second example the phrase doesn't end with exclamation mark, it would be inappropriate here because it's not an exclamation.

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  • Ну и отлично!
    – Zeus
    Apr 16 '18 at 3:10
  • semantics of ну и in Ну и отлично! (also Ну и ладно! Ну и не надо! Ну и иди!) is different from that in Ну и денёк...! and so merits its own question and explanation Apr 16 '18 at 8:15
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This could be translated as

What a ... !

The sentence above:

What a [wonderful / terrible / ...] day was on saturday!

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