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by zinzan
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/06/18
Replies: 0
Views: 157

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: 188

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: 263

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: 3
Views: 151

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: 366

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: 3
Views: 151

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' ?
by zinzan
Fri May 25, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 25/05/18
Replies: 4
Views: 366

DA 25/05/18

The last couple of weeks have seen easy puzzles but the ulterior thought was always, "when is the storm coming ?" It arrived. This puzzle took a fair bit of work to get started, understand and then complete. No one will say it was their PB solving time. And if today was your first DA puzzle, then cu...
by zinzan
Fri May 18, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 18/05/18
Replies: 1
Views: 401

DA 18/05/18

The NW corner was not a good place to start. I had to go SW for my first answers, then NE. They merged somewhat until all was revealed. One or two quibbles but mostly good. ACROSS 1,26) COMPOS MENTIS : compos(men)t,is : a good start. 4) ARTISTRY : (strait)*,ry : 'tracks'=railway=ry 10) ROXY MUSIC : ...
by zinzan
Fri May 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 11/05/18
Replies: 0
Views: 349

DA 11/05/18

Oops. Had PC problems this morning. Wife changed a password without telling me. Grr. Anyway, this puzzle was pretty easy today. ACROSS 1) ADMIRABLY : (my,bar,laid)* 5) GET UP : ddef : 'duds' and 'get up' being one's apparel. 9) OIL : ddef 10) FOR INSTANCE : for(instan-)ce : 'effective' = 'in force' ...
by zinzan
Fri May 04, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 04/05/18
Replies: 2
Views: 342

DA 04/05/18

Had six days now from the last DAbacle. I'm pretty sure I'll manage this week's in a more composed manner. I thought there may be a theme along the hoax line but it didn't seem very strong. 7dn also made me realise I've had that phrase wrong for only about 35 years or so. Who knew ? ACROSS 1) PAY OU...