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by Robespierre
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 16/11/18
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: DA 16/11/18

10a "surgery"= OP; "number"= A LOT; "abstract"= anagrind, applying to A LOT, IN

20d I thought this was a regulation dd: "start" = SET OFF (eg on a journey); "trip" = SET OFF (eg an alarm)
by Robespierre
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 09/11/18
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: DA 09/11/18

15a I wondered here whether the clue needed, as well, an indicator in order to advance A to the front of DIRTS<: eg, "Gossip's backfiring behind a girl". 22a I suspect that I may not be the only one who wasted time here exploring the idea that GIST could be generated from "understanding, heart-wise"...
by Robespierre
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 02/11/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Re: DA 02/11/18

9a I will probably not be alone in having been sidetracked here by the idea that "fancy"= ORNATE, then trying fruitlessly to work out how "spot" could equate to NAT. 8d I interpreted ""turning up anon" - or, at least, the "anon" component - as perhaps also intended to provide a definition of ANY SEC...
by Robespierre
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 26/10/18
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Re: DA 26/10/18

1d The correct answer is TUNNEL, I think. "barrel = TUN (not FUN) and TUNNEL is a clear synonym of "shaft", unlike "funnel". 21d I had a different interpretation of the wordplay: "twenty-one" = BLACKJACK. "conclusion" => take latter part ie JACK. I thought the idea that the clue number itself forms ...
by Robespierre
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 19/10/18
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Re: DA 19/10/18

6a, 10a "posing" is the required anagrind, I think. 25a An alternative, and arguably more natural, interpretation of "pointers" is as "dogs" (especially since the clue refers to "pointers" cf. "white pointers"). 8d Definition is a bit flawed since chlorides can be inorganic compounds (ie not contain...
by Robespierre
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 12/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: DA 12/10/18

12a NINTENDO The wordplay "mean on losing wings" refers to NINTENDO yielding INTEND = "mean" after NINTENDO loses its wings ie its end-letters.
by Robespierre
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 25/05/18
Replies: 5
Views: 1006

Re: DA 25/05/18

22d I don't think DA has made an error: BANJO is correct. "stop" = BAN; "Republican" (i.e. no king) is an instruction to delete "king" from "joking" to give JO. In other words, this is similar wordplay to how you get ORI in 7a.
by Robespierre
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/06/18
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: DA 22/06/18

29a "Oscar owner twice" refers to William Penn, winner of Best Actor in 2003 & 2008.

21d Grover = GR, over; "Miss Piggy potentially" = A HAM
by Robespierre
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 20/07/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1505

Re: DA 20/07/18

7d Isn't the fact that a DUMBLEDORE is a bumblebee irrelevant? ALBUS DUMBLEDORE is the headmaster (principal) of Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter novels.
by Robespierre
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 27/07/18
Replies: 1
Views: 899

Re: DA 27/07/18

13a In case zinzan's explanation is a touch abbreviated for some: "tie" = ASCOT; "breaker essentially" = A