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by zinzan
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 21/09/18
Replies: 1
Views: 154

DA 21/09/18

Not a particularly difficult solve today. For me it was made easier by doing it in the local café on a beautiful Sydney morning. There were a few cross-refs but nothing too upsetting. ACROSS 1) LIGHT RAIL : hm(lie,trail) 6) NAKED : -naked : ie snaked. 9) ZEBRA : Z------e,bra : hmm, 'runner' eh ? Mig...
by zinzan
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 14/09/18
Replies: 2
Views: 239

Re: DA 14/09/18

A, I think 'country club' is a little tongue-in-cheek. Far from his biggest sin. And the Descartes needing a 'maybe', I sort of disagree. It's not a definition by example but rather a direct connection between the two. If I said Hawke, you'd immediately think Bob but there are many Bobs in the world...
by zinzan
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 14/09/18
Replies: 2
Views: 239

DA 14/09/18

The theme was not that hard to uncover. I looked at 14dn, didn't get it. Did 28ac, easy. Then 25dn seemed very much like THUMB without THU. And so the theme became evident. It was straightforward until I had 2dn and 29ac (and 26dn) as my last ones to get. But I was set on 29ac being SUNDRY (run) so ...
by zinzan
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 20/07/18
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Re: DA 20/07/18

I know. I just thought it an interesting trivium. Who knew that when they read/watched the stories ?
by zinzan
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 07/09/18
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: DA 07/09/18

re 13ac, I meant for the 'strike' part of the answer. But now I see it was simply as 'going on strike', so no such explanation needed.

re 22ac, I agree but with DA's stuff, who can say for sure ?
by zinzan
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 07/09/18
Replies: 3
Views: 226

DA 07/09/18

Starting in the NW corner, it looked grim. No answers for a couple of minutes. 8dn was the FOI then it went clockwise from there until back to the NW where again it was slow. But it did fall out eventually. ACROSS 1) FLAT CHAT : flat+chat 5) FJORDS : crypdef : a sound (think NZ's Milford) is a fjord...
by zinzan
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 31/08/18
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: DA 31/08/18

Mmm, according to DA Trippers, some versions (iPad) have 'tourist hub' instead of 'airport'. Much more workable.
by zinzan
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 31/08/18
Replies: 2
Views: 274

DA 31/08/18

A pretty straightforward solve today. No big mysteries but a couple of new terms to me i.e. 7- and 8-down. All the other clues were fairly predictable upon reading. ACROSS 9) LEASH : -------l,-----e,ash 10) STAGEHAND : stag,(had,en)* : could reasonably expect one of these 'split word' devices in any...
by zinzan
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 24/08/18
Replies: 1
Views: 342

DA 24/08/18

Bit of a slow solve today. LHS was first in, virtually, then RHS took longer. The rubric says nine clues of the theme but it looks to me like ten. ACROSS 1) EMOJIS : some< <> (j---,i) 5) BEEFIER : b(fee<)ier : a bier being a funeral platform. *10) SPARK PLUG : spark,plug 11) see 29ac 12) EMU WREN : ...
by zinzan
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 17/08/18
Replies: 0
Views: 302

DA 17/08/18

Been away this week so I'm catching up a number of things before doing this. Having done zero puzzles this week until today, I felt a little rusty. And today's DA was a little trickier to unravel. ACROSS 7) HORSE CHESTNUT : hm(hoarse),chestnut 10) NOSTRUM : no strum : everyone would get the definiti...