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by zinzan
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 09/11/18
Replies: 1
Views: 156

DA 09/11/18

A pretty easy puzzle today, opened up by 8dn-9dn which gave a lot of cross-letters. ACROSS 1) GOOD AFTERNOON : goo(dafter)n,-oon : ie soon. 10) OBTUSER : (tubes,or)* 11) MAWKISH : maw,si-k<,h----- : 'third of rice' is C. 12) PLAY AROUND : ddef 13) see 25dn 15) ASTRID : a,dirts< 16) COLOSSUS : co(los...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 02/11/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Re: DA 02/11/18

9ac, yes, that was my thinking before the break but it dawned afterward.
by zinzan
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 02/11/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

DA 02/11/18

Did most of this before I was called away for the morning. Had only two little words to justify. Got back and of course they just seemed obvious when you've looked away for a while. There appeared to be no particular tricks in this puzzle and it wasn't too hard. ACROSS 1) WISECRACK : hm(whys),crack ...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 26/10/18
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: DA 26/10/18

Yes, I did doubt 1d but forgot to investigate any further.
by zinzan
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 26/10/18
Replies: 3
Views: 662

DA 26/10/18

Mmm, slippery little sucker, as some movie once said. (Pretty Woman, methinks). My usual habit of solving as many non-theme clues as possible started off wonderfully. Got lots of them. That left me with 2dn, 13dn and 19dn where I knew the answer . . . but what to make of it ? . . . not much. 9ac had...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 19/10/18
Replies: 1
Views: 426

DA 19/10/18

A bit of ebb and flow today. Quick start in NE corner, then ebbed, then flowed in the centre, then ebbed in NW and finally got it done. There are a few problems for the purists today but also some nice ideas. ACROSS 1) MEDALLIONS : me(D--)al,lions 6,10) EPIC FAIL : (ice,a,flip)* : today's FOI. 9) HA...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 12/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: DA 12/10/18

That would certainly be it. Reverse engineering.
by zinzan
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 12/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 488

DA 12/10/18

Bit late today. Had a commitment through the morning. Seeing the long answers I assumed there'd be some theme so I did all others first (bar one). Then the long answers just fell out and one had only to wonder how they worked. Overall, not that difficult. ACROSS 1) SUPREME : sup,reme---- : ie remedi...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 05/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 481

DA 05/10/18

There's always a bit of trepidation in seeing a rubric before the clues. One had to look at 30-across and hope that it came quickly. It did. I think. I'm not sure how 30-across works exactly but it did seem to be ASEAN. From there it was just think of a country and find a clue that matched it. An ea...
by zinzan
Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 28/09/18
Replies: 0
Views: 794

DA 28/09/18

Bit delayed. Had to take my car in for service this morning. Did this puzzle while I waited in the nearby café. I had to confirm a few answers then stared at 1dn for a few minutes until something clicked and I was done. ACROSS 1) BACKWATER : ddef(?) : as Naïve is Evian (water) backwards. 6) THRIP : ...