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by zinzan
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 13/07/18
Replies: 2
Views: 118

DA 13/07/18

I see there were no takers last week and none so far today. Apparently, according to DA Trippers, even they were less than thrilled by last week’s puzzle. Today, as I sit by the pool in Koh Samui, I’ve managed to get through the online version, so I’ll briefly explain. ACROSS 1,21dn) NOM DE GUERRE :...
by zinzan
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 06,13/07/18
Replies: 0
Views: 226

DA 06,13/07/18

I will be away for two weeks covering 6/7 and 13/7.
Someone please feel free to explain it all. I'll be interested to see another opinion.
by zinzan
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 29/06/18
Replies: 1
Views: 397

DA 29/06/18

I think I liked this one. It was a little closer to the style of Paul in The Guardian (but not consistently so) and his puzzles are always entertaining. In today's DA, there was some sensible surface, simple constructions and some amusing ideas. Also a couple of quibbles. ACROSS 1) EASY-PEASY : (yea...
by zinzan
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/06/18
Replies: 1
Views: 258

DA 22/06/18

While it was a nice, simple theme throughout the puzzle today, it did make for some not-so-simple and at times grating, solving. When the emphasis is to include the theme at all costs, one of those costs is fluidity. Everyone knows Sesame Street. ACROSS 1) FACT : F,ACT : F=false ? Not in Chambers, a...
by zinzan
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/06/18
Replies: 0
Views: 376

DA 15/06/18

Bit slow to start in the NW corner but made advances elsewhere and progressed steadily to a finish. 11ac and 22ac were LOI. (Last one/s in). No particular theme, just 32 clues and answers. ACROSS 1) MOTTLED : m,-ottled : i.e. bottled 5) BUS STOP : buss,top : never heard of 'buss' . . . same as kiss,...
by zinzan
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/06/18
Replies: 1
Views: 275

DA 08/06/18

How many ways can you get 'arse' into a grid ? A fair number with 'base' as the common indication. Apart from that, it was pretty much a normal DA puzzle. ACROSS 1) TAKE OFF : ddef 5) CORRECT : co(ll/rr)ect 10) FISHTAILED : (idle,faiths)* 11) MEAN : ddef : "I know what DA's driving at". 12) BEACH BU...
by zinzan
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/06/18
Replies: 3
Views: 364

DA 01/06/18

Back to normal operations this week. A few devious definitions and one I don't understand. ACROSS 1) SMOOTH : s---,moo,--th-- : not a bad start 5) ACUITY : (au--acity)* : the surface is a bit weird. 10) LANTERN : not really sure how it works . . . 11,14) PRIVATE HOSPITAL : (happiest,or,vital)* : sor...
by zinzan
Mon May 28, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Crossword and clue discussion
Topic: May slot 2 JISM, GISM.
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: May slot 2 JISM, GISM.

You contact David Grainger and/or Ian Williams.
by zinzan
Sat May 26, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 25/05/18
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: DA 25/05/18

I didn't see an issue with the grid construction. Sure, it's unusual but it wasn't unfair.
Two halves were connected at only two points but there was some effort in making the puzzle work.
It's not like it's a regular occurrence (unlike DH who often has rubbish grids).

Assessment still stands.
by zinzan
Sat May 26, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Crossword and clue discussion
Topic: May slot 2 JISM, GISM.
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: May slot 2 JISM, GISM.

Oh really ?! I agree with you Roy.

GISM and JISM are interchangeable and 'exercise centre said' could just as easily give GIM as JIM.

Was there a stated reason why GISM was 'incorrect' ?