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by zinzan
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 14/01 thru 09/02
Replies: 0
Views: 99

DA 14/01 thru 09/02

BTW, I am unable to blog the next five DAs. I'll be on various excursions including a nice little cruise.
So if anyone would like to post an opinion, please do.
by zinzan
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 05/01/18
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: DA 05/01/18

You know, I have wondered about 'indirect abbreviations'.
Route was used. I've seen 'way' or 'thoroughfare' etc in English puzzles.
Even say, 'doctor' could be DR or GP or MO or MB. One is direct, the others are not. But we consider them all.
There would be others.
by zinzan
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 05/01/18
Replies: 2
Views: 175

DA 05/01/18

The first of the new year and one would say a rather easy start to 2018. Nothing outrageous, overly clunky or obscure. ACROSS 1,25dn) BACK IN THE DAY : back, in the day : an easy start which opened the grid. 6) CHAFF : cha,ff 9) RECTO : recto- : i.e. rector minus r. 10) MOTIVATOR : mot(i,vat)or 11) ...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 29/12/17
Replies: 0
Views: 191

DA 29/12/17

The last DA for the year. Today we had to discover a theme of 'notable 30-across numbers'. I don't know if 'protest' is really the case for a couple of them so much as 'socially aware' or 'political' but we get the drift. I didn't get 30-across straight away so it was Hurricane/Treaty that gave it u...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/12/17
Replies: 1
Views: 244

Re: DA 22/12/17

I see 23ac now.
Where is the nomad in the word 'proverb' ?
by zinzan
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/12/17
Replies: 1
Views: 244

DA 22/12/17

I think you'd say that today was relatively easy. Starting at 1ac, the top half fell out pretty quickly and the bottom half was a tad slower. There doesn't appear to be a Xmas theme or anything and only a couple of obscurer answers. ACROSS 1) FROGMOUTH : (forgot,hum)* 6) EXILE : ex,Ile 9) SATYR : sa...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/12/17
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: DA 15/12/17

R,
not sure what you're getting at.
If the answer was SEEKS, we'd need to clue EEKSS - 'trim hold'/KEE- doesn't do that.
But we need FISST i.e. fi(SS)t.

The 'ordered alphabetically' simply gives a new arrangement of letters to clue. Anagrams, containments etc still apply, as normal, to the new order.
by zinzan
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/12/17
Replies: 3
Views: 271

DA 15/12/17

Got here at last. The rubric didn't give much away so decided to answer 7+ letter clues and see what falls out. Eventually got enough of 10ac to guess the rest and then it was all a lot easier from there. It's a neat little trick that smaller answers are reordered alphabetically and clued from there...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/12/17
Replies: 2
Views: 301

DA 08/12/17

No particular theme this week - just a mishmash of good and bad. I started in the NW corner and got nowhere fast. Only the SE corner gave up a few and I gradually filled the grid from there. ACROSS 1) MAGWITCH : mag,witch : Dickensian 5,11dn) VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN : victor,frank,E-nstein : bit blah. 9...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/12/17
Replies: 1
Views: 303

DA 01/12/17

Take 2. I had Across all typed up, hit Submit, the computer said NO, lost my text. It was a slow solve. ACROSS 1) EMBARGOED : me<,bar,hm(goad) 6) see 18dn 9) CEL : excel minus ex 10) GATECRASHER : Sp(crate,gasher) 11) AMY ADAMS : a,my-a,dams 12) see 1dn 15) WACKY : (t/w)acky 16) SERVE TIME : serve,t...