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by zinzan
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 181

DA 15/09/17

Well, this one appeared with an obviously scary very long answer with very many cross-references, clearly some defiant cry. I expect many could've and would've guessed it from the enumeration alone. I tried for 15 seconds then went the method of gaining cross-letters. Seven answers applied, I had --...
by zinzan
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Crossword and clue discussion
Topic: DH 12/09/2017
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: DH 12/09/2017

Yep, DH slides further into the mire as the worst published setter I know.
Upsettingly, he continues to hold back someone better who only needs a chance . . . .
by zinzan
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: DA 08/09/17

Got it knocked over early enough. ACROSS 1) SHAR-PEI : shar(pe-)i- 5) DUCHAMP : du--,champ 9,21) FIRST PERSON SINGULAR : (strip,sensual,grin,for)* 10) PROFANITY : prof,-anity : V from vanity. 11) PARDON MY FRENCH : ddef 13) COLUMNIST : (in,custom)*<>l 15) SAY-SO : ddef 17) ORDER : ddef 19) GROUNDHOG...
by zinzan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 232

DA 08/09/17

I'll be away for the weekend later on Friday morning. I'll try to get DA done early enough but if there's nothing by say 11am, you'll know why.
by zinzan
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/09/17
Replies: 2
Views: 240

DA 01/09/17

I got a bit held up by the NW corner and a few other spots. It was a bit tricky today. Judging by the number of times I wrote my proposed answer and then found how to place the secondary indicators, I'd say that newer DA solvers would find this hard. 23ac was an example of how someone fluent in DA m...
by zinzan
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 25/08/17
Replies: 1
Views: 276

DA 25/08/17

A reasonably slow start then a steady fill of the left side before the NE corner being the last to fall. I didn't find anything really grating today. ACROSS 1) PASSER-BY : passe,r-by 5) CATNIP : ca,pint< 10) GLEBE : g(-leb)e- : 'Broadway precinct' appear in The Age ? A very Sydney-friendly definitio...
by zinzan
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 18/08/17
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: DA 18/08/17

Hmm, previously I googled 'dug teat' and got only 'drug test' stuff.
Just looked at 'dug' on Onelook - breast, apparently. Who knew.
Obvious now.
by zinzan
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 18/08/17
Replies: 2
Views: 386

DA 18/08/17

When you see a preamble, you know it's a longer solve than usual. The theme today wasn't a big problem as only eight clues were affected but there was also cross-referencing going on. Add to that a few more obscure answers. And an error methinks. So 10,11ac was FORTUNE TELLING which links to 9dn TEA...
by zinzan
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 11/08/17
Replies: 2
Views: 343

DA 11/08/17

A fairly inoffensive puzzle. Most clues require little explanation. My rating . . . umm . . . well . . . 6/10. ACROSS 1) DICTATOR : (adroit)*/ct 6) YODELS : yo(k/d)els 9) EMBARK : me<,bark : Probably the nicest clue today. 10) BLUDGEON : bludge,on : 'do little' 11) CROP CIRCLE : crop-circle 12) IPAD...
by zinzan
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 04/08/17
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Re: DA 04/08/17

And just looking at 17dn, there's no indirect anagram. TE is the final component.