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by zinzan
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 17/11/17
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Views: 151

DA 17/11/17

Okay, now that I'm done, I'm pretty sure this won't score over 5. It had some unsatisfactory clues and a slightly damp endplay. But it is something different and effort has been made. ACROSS 1) DOORMATS : do(or,--ma--)ts : lines=fills and the ellipsis was not there for no reason. 5) SWAMPS : swam,p-...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 10/11/17
Replies: 0
Views: 199

DA 10/11/17

No big dramas today. The long answers opened up a lot of the grid but it was still a bit of work needed to get through some clues. A pretty diverse answer set but only 2dn was a bit obscure. ACROSS 1) BEHIND : ddef 4) SPOTLESS : spot less 10) GROVER CLEVELAND : gr(over,C-------,level)and : One of my...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 03/11/17
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Views: 211

DA 03/11/17

Today's puzzle was a bit average, not in a bad way but it just seemed inoffensive and a mixed bag of answers. ACROSS 1) LOVEBITES : (to,evils,be)* 6,13) EMILY BRONTE : (by,lime)<,(or,ten)* 9) DELIGHT : D,e(L)ight : I guess we break 508 into five hundred . and . eight. 10) FATHOMS : fat,hom-s 11,23dn...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 27/10/17
Replies: 1
Views: 218

DA 27/10/17

I'm not sure if Age solvers had any better luck but SMH had little of it. It seemed there should have been a rubric published but wasn't. So my first read of clues gave suspicion that a 'ghost-compiler' was at work because the clues seemed so different. Pushing on, the SW corner gave up a few answer...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 20/10/17
Replies: 0
Views: 233

DA 20/10/17

Today's Sydney rain made most of my newspaper soggy but the top half was preserved by its plastic so I went straight to the puzzle. A number of long answers were apparent which can mean a very quick, or very slow, solve. Today was pretty quick. Nothing was very hard and only a couple required more e...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 13/10/17
Replies: 2
Views: 277

DA 13/10/17

I was sort of enjoying this one today until my last three in - 18ac, 20ac and 19dn - had me exhaling very heavily. They held me up a little while but in hindsight I guess they're okay. Just harder. ACROSS 1) KOGARAH : KO,ga(l/r)ah : one for the Melburnians to shake their heads at. A suburb in Sydney...
by zinzan
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 06/10/17
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: DA 06/10/17

Already getting to it late, I saw that a rubric existed. As it happened, it wasn't too big an issue. The clues and answers seemed relatively straightforward. Thankfully, it wasn't a particularly taxing solve. So far, so good. We have to read the omitted pairs of letters as a riddle. ACROSS 8) BIG WH...
by zinzan
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 06/10/17
Replies: 2
Views: 316

DA 06/10/17

I will be a bit late posting tomorrow. Probably around lunch time. I hate it when work gets in the way.
by zinzan
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 29/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 390

DA 29/09/17

I was a bit late starting to do this. Then a very slow start coupled with a brain explosion made the whole solve hard work. I'll see how I feel after trying to explain . . . ACROSS 1) CHUFFED : ch,--uffed (stuffed minus st) : not thrilled. 5) see 15ac 9) OLD : -old : i.e. fold. 'Open' is now 'remove...
by zinzan
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 353

DA 22/09/17

8/10. Finished it a short time ago but having just read over the clues there were very few with silly surface and a good number with clever surface. Added to that, I liked several constructions and some clever definitions were made. Only 13ac and 24dn were a bit crap. ACROSS 1) FAIR GAME : fair,game...