DA 14/09/18

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zinzan
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DA 14/09/18

Post by zinzan » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:53 am

The theme was not that hard to uncover. I looked at 14dn, didn't get it. Did 28ac, easy. Then 25dn seemed very much like THUMB without THU.
And so the theme became evident. It was straightforward until I had 2dn and 29ac (and 26dn) as my last ones to get. But I was set on 29ac being SUNDRY (run) so it took a while to recalibrate and get it right.

ACROSS
1) BUSTARDS : bus,Tard-s
5) DATSUN : tad<,SUN
10) BANDA, band,--a-- : could've been a nice self-effacing clue there . . .
11) INELEGANT : (gent,a,line)* : I'm not against separated fodder but one has to be careful.
12) SMART MONEY : ye(tram)s< <> MON
13) LULL : hm(LLL)<>-u- : I liked this clue.
15) TEDIUM : (m/t)edium : mean>average>medium
17) TEXAS TEA : tex(as)t,-ea- : and if you're my age and you didn't start singing a theme song about a man named Jed, you're lying.
19) VERGES ON : (governes-)* : diminuitive ? Ugh.
20) FRIEZE : FRI,-----e,z--e : not bad.
23) REAL : ddef : real=currency=ready
24) SATELLITES : SAT,el(L)ites
27) UNFRIENDS : UN,ends <> FRI
28) ARUBA : A(rub)A
29) SINGLE : ddef : track=song=single
30) ENFEEBLE : ----el beef ne-- <

DOWN
1) BABYSAT : ba-,b----y,SAT : minibar . . . hmmm
2) SUNDA : SUN,DA
3) ACANTHUSES : (as,canes)* <> THU : I see a clue about A Current Affair being very keen in that word . . .
4) DAIMON : dai-,MON : ie dais. And a variant of daemon.
6) AWED : A,WED
7) STATUETTE : stat(---t---)e <> TUE
8) NUTELLA : an< <> U,tell : not sure if I'm ready for the jump straight from campus to U.
9) RENEWED : Rene,WED
14) DAY RELEASE : (ready)*,lease : and so the theme. Days being released from clues.
16) DORSAL FIN : (island,for)*
18) ROMAINE : Rom(A1,N)e
19) VIRTUES : VI,r+s <> TUE : the ol' (-and-) word trick.
21) ENSNARE : -e-n-s-n -a-r-e- : oddly, not oddly but evenly.
22) SEASON : ddef : the second easiest clue today.
25) THUMB : THU,MB
26) FILL : if<,l---l

There were a few quibbles in the puzzles but overall I enjoyed the theme and the clues. It'd be a good DA example for newbies.
I rate it . . . . 8/10.

afrit
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Re: DA 14/09/18

Post by afrit » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:55 am

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 bustard ie bird. Does any dictionary define 'winger' as bird?
9 Rene could equally apply to the artist Magritte. Clues of this type should emply qualifiers such as maybe, perhaps and possibly.

zinzan
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Re: DA 14/09/18

Post by zinzan » Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:09 pm

A,
I think 'country club' is a little tongue-in-cheek. Far from his biggest sin.

And the Descartes needing a 'maybe', I sort of disagree. It's not a definition by example but rather a direct connection between the two.
If I said Hawke, you'd immediately think Bob but there are many Bobs in the world.
It's much worse when other SMH setters WOULD say Bob or Pat or Malcolm or Julie and expect you to pick the right one.

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