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by Robespierre
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 06/04/18
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Re: DA 06/04/18

The overall theme is fine: Wikipedia has an article on "RAS Syndrome", so it's clearly an established concept - with RAS itself being a redundant acronym! 1d, 26a I agree with your interpretation of the wordplay but think that clue wording such as "brown covers" would more fairly signal that you nee...
by Robespierre
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 02/03/18
Replies: 4
Views: 992

Re: DA 02/03/18

24d Zinzan: I don't understand your explanation. The wording of 24d is identical to that of 9d so "heart of hearts" is still AR, not RA. And MARY still fits the intersecting letters. It is true that MYRA is also a girl's name that could alternatively fit here but I don't see how the wordplay would g...
by Robespierre
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 16/02/18
Replies: 3
Views: 940

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: 752

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: 658

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: 645

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: 753

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: 1752

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: 1752

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: 1060

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.