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by afrit
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 05/10/18
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: DA 05/10/18

1a Foot (bottom, base) is better suited to a down clue.
7 Should have a '?' as it is similar in construction (word splitting) to 1a which has one.
by afrit
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 21/09/18
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Re: DA 21/09/18

Agreed it was pretty straightforward puzzle.
1d 'cute' is redundant'
12 problem with grammar; 'to calm' is a verb, 'staid' is an adjective. A better surface is to replace 'to' with a colon or a dash. Calm by itself is either a verb or an adjective, leaving an ambiguity to trap the unwary solver.
by afrit
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 14/09/18
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: DA 14/09/18

8 I agree re campus=university=U. I call it an indirect abbreviation. Other examples, not necessarily DA, are way=road=rd and way=street=st. 1d Should have a '?'. See 30 which does have one. 27 Still unsure as to how 'country club' = UN 1a Deserves a '?' as 'winger' is a very oblique reference to bu...
by afrit
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 07/09/18
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: DA 07/09/18

4 To describe a rubber's erasure as an assassination Is somewhat OTT even for DA. Assassinations are carried out by humans not inanimate objects.
by afrit
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 10/08/18
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: DA 10/08/18

7d Pathetic clue.

21 According to Chambers nothing, in the polite version, is 'sweet Fanny Adams' or 'sweet FA' not Fanny Adams by itself which slang for tinned mutton.
by afrit
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 20/07/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1152

Re: DA 20/07/18

Three clues, 1a 3 and 20 require word splitting to achieve correct word play. The use of '?' does not justify such a procedure. DA should not be supported in such behaviour it only encourages others to copy him. 3 A stupid surface. 21 Can't agree that this is a good definition. Far too oblique in my...
by afrit
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 13/07/18
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: DA 13/07/18

6 Seven out of ten letters equals a finale? Do me a favour.

9 bout = b out = take b away = rubbish

16 Rasputin has been dead for over 100 years, hardly in a position to be influential anymore. Perhaps 'old influential' or one-time influential' would be better. Is there an editor in the house?
by afrit
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/06/18
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: DA 22/06/18

14 Is there a surface meaning?
17 'with final' = h. As Kermit loses its top(head) it is not a face-lift. As DA well knows the face is but the front part of the head not the entire head.
25 2 At Cape Canaveral one does a count down not a count.
by afrit
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/06/18
Replies: 1
Views: 506

Re: DA 08/06/18

14 'disoriented' does not and never has meant to remove the orient (e) from a word. If DA wishes to imply it does he should do the right thing and add a question mark to the clue. 19 The clue only works correctly when the hyphen is removed. Once again a question mark is required to make it a fair cl...
by afrit
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/06/18
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: DA 01/06/18

Well done Dr Bob. As with 25 another example where DA does not play fair by using a compound word when separate words are called for. And no question mark used to indicate some verbal hanky-panky. In addition, seen from behind = n would be better as seen at the back. In either case still not the gre...