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by zinzan
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/03/19
Replies: 1
Views: 137

DA 22/03/19

NB : this review can also be found at : https://zinzan-xwd.livejournal.com/ I quite enjoyed today's puzzle. It helped that the critical 9dn answer was FOI. Then after a bit of a check around it seemed that 14ac was missing the OW. Put two and two together. But there was one more little wrinkle. Not ...
by zinzan
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/03/19
Replies: 0
Views: 194

DA 15/03/19

I found this hard. My initial reading in a café yielded stuff all. I got a couple and had only 10 or so in by the time I left. Looking at it later, the NE thru SW fell out slowly but those double-words in the corners remained. I like to finish without any assistance but I had to revert to online fin...
by zinzan
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/03/19
Replies: 1
Views: 271

DA 08/03/19

This puzzle seemed to be at a nice level of difficulty. Most clues required a bit of thought and there was a satisfactory slice of general knowledge. There were some nice tricks but one which I cannot support. ACROSS 1) JAMBALAYA : jam,ba(lay)a : I liked the 'sheepish remark'. 6) ON AIR : on,air : p...
by zinzan
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/03/19
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: DA 01/03/19

Ah Klee, of course . . . not.

If 9dn is as you suggest, DA should've just tried something else.
I've had some great clue ideas never put to publication as I just couldn't wrangle it IN AN ACCEPTABLE way.
by zinzan
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/03/19
Replies: 2
Views: 384

DA 01/03/19

Okay, this puzzle seemed to have a bit more of DA smell about it. There were some difficult devices to uncover and one or two mysteries. It was not a quick solve. ACROSS 1) PAUL : hm(pall) 3) MISTEACHES : miste-,aches : I wasn't aware one could misteach. 10) see 11ac 11) BOXER REBELLION : ddef(ish) ...
by zinzan
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/02/19
Replies: 0
Views: 349

DA 22/02/19

Strangely enough, some parts of today's puzzle seemed very hard. I think you know what I mean. By the time I had NAVRATILOVA and RAPSCALLION both largely underclued, I wondered, "Does the iPad version have some extra instructions that I may be missing ?". Sure did. "Some FLOWER-ARRANGING will fit ea...
by zinzan
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/02/19
Replies: 1
Views: 334

DA 15/02/19

Mmm, three pretty manageable DAs in a row. One or two clues took a few moments more than others but generally there was an obvious element or definition that pretty quickly suggested an answer. I have a totally unfounded theory about all this . . . ACROSS 1) VIVID : a nice clue but so, so easy. 4) P...
by zinzan
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/02/19
Replies: 1
Views: 342

DA 08/02/19

Well another puzzle that didn't provide many obstacles to a quick solve. I didn't know 1ac so that was LOI. Otherwise it was pretty clear sailing. ACROSS 1,4) HUGGER-MUGGER : hugger,mugger : Sounds like some overly affectionate person or something related to a 'chugger' (charity mugger) but it just ...
by zinzan
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Comment on other SMH/Age or other puzzles
Topic: DH 05/02/19
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: DH 05/02/19

No argument from me. The least attentive setter in the SMH.
Doesn't try to make good clues - just a set of words (or less) followed by a number in brackets.

He does, however, make some of the other setters look okay.
by zinzan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/02/2019
Replies: 0
Views: 293

DA 01/02/2019

Well. A couple of weeks off DA while I was suitably distracted. So feeling a little out of practice, happily today's puzzle was knocked over pretty easily. Very few clues had to be looked at twice. Most clues had an obvious element that pointed to an answer. ACROSS 1) THREESCORE : t(cheers)*ore : 'g...