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by Robespierre
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 16/02/18
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: DA 16/02/18

24a King + Ace is one combination to yield "pontoon" in the card game.
Did you hit the "Submit" key prematurely as the DOWN clues are missing?
by Robespierre
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 9/2/18
Replies: 0
Views: 261

DA 9/2/18

A hidden theme centred upon the nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy , the rhyme's name being the solution to 29a, 8d: Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Grew worse on Friday, Died on Saturday, Buried on Sunday, That was the end, Of Solomon G...
by Robespierre
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 2/2/18
Replies: 0
Views: 242

DA 2/2/18

Some cultural references today: a play, an opera, a symphony & a children's author. 1a CABAL: [hack =] CAB, (Y)AL(E) 4a SETTLE FOR: (LETTERS OF)* 9a LIGHT YEAR: (F)LIGHTY, (D)EAR 10a VANYA: Replace ILL in VILLA by ANY (= somewhat). Refers to Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya 11a BEETHOVEN'S THIRD: E is 3rd...
by Robespierre
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 26/1/18
Replies: 0
Views: 238

DA 26/1/18

Easier solve today. 1a STARBOARD: BRATS reversed, (ROAD)* 6, 28a FRANK ZAPPA: FRANK, homophone of ZAPPER 9a NIB: BIN reversed 10a KEEPS A LID ON: (SPOKEN IDEAL)*. 11a WORTHY: ROW reversed, THY 12a FOOTSTEP: reversed, hidden word 15a ROCKY ROAD: ROCKY, ROAD 16a PIETA: PI, ETA "Work" as in artwork. Of...
by Robespierre
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 19/1//18
Replies: 0
Views: 324

DA 19/1//18

A test today of your knowledge of SA & Victorian geography. 1a CHROMOSOME: (OCHRE)* enclosing M + (B)OSOM 6a VIEW: VIE + W 10a RUBELLA: "Source of rub" = defn; RUB + ELLA, where ELLA is contained backwards in THE MALLEE. I'm sure I won't be the only one who wasted time scouring a map for a place nam...
by Robespierre
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 12/1/18
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Re: DA 12/1/18

28a, 16a On further reflection, the wordplay here is: TRAM encloses SENSE then the lot is reversed as per the indicator "counter".
by Robespierre
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 12/1/18
Replies: 2
Views: 735

DA 12/1/18

A bit tougher today than the last few puzzles. 1a UNSELFISH (CO)UNSEL, FISH 6a PANIC [Query whether this matches the part of speech of "spinning"] "top" = CAP + IN, then anagram, as indicated by "freak" 9a AMP dd 10a GO ON A BENDER (needbar)* following GOON [= cheap vino] An attempt at an &LIT. 11a ...
by Robespierre
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/12/17
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: DA 15/12/17

Zinzan, thanks, I take your point. In order for the solution to 8d to be SEEKS, the wordplay would have to give the alphabetically ordered form of the letters SEEKS viz. EEKSS - but instead it gives KEESS. Close, but no cigar.
by Robespierre
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/12/17
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: DA 15/12/17

8d SIFTS arguably suffers from the defect that "hold of" is not used in the wordplay since the anagram indicator supplied by 1a & 6d suffices to transform "trim" = FIT & ship"= SS into SIFTS. An alternative solution is SEEKS: "trim hold"= KEE(P) & "ship"= SS then anagrammed to SEEKS. This would requ...
by Robespierre
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/12/17
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: DA 08/12/17

14a I take "new" to be the anagram indicator. The anagram indicator is not "defends" since that would leave "a" at the RH end; rather, "defends" acts as a containment indicator to include "a" in the letters to be anagrammed and, by its inclusion, enhances the clue's surface reading.