DA 09/11/18

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zinzan
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DA 09/11/18

Post by zinzan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:58 am

A pretty easy puzzle today, opened up by 8dn-9dn which gave a lot of cross-letters.

ACROSS
1) GOOD AFTERNOON : goo(dafter)n,-oon : ie soon.
10) OBTUSER : (tubes,or)*
11) MAWKISH : maw,si-k<,h----- : 'third of rice' is C.
12) PLAY AROUND : ddef
13) see 25dn
15) ASTRID : a,dirts<
16) COLOSSUS : co(loss)us-- : ie cousin.
18) ILL-FATED : (itll,fade)*
20) GRAPPA : g-----r,appa- : ie appal.
23) GIST : ---g---,--is--,------t------
24) CASUS BELLI : cas-,(bullies)* : a reason to go to war.
26) ON TRIAL : (nor-alit-)*
27) CARRY ON : ddef
28) MORGAN FREEMAN : --m--,organ-free man : paper(organ)less(free) staff(man)

DOWN
2) OUTLAST : out,last : as someone may survive the deceased.
3) DAS KAPITAL : cryptdef
4) F TROOP : f-t,poor< : seemed a mistake until 'proper' meant 'fit'.
5) EDMONTON : E(d(M------)on)ton : 'wearing' to me implies 'on the outside'. Still DA says 'in Canada' as a definition. Could say 'somewhere in Canada' just as easily.
6) NEWT : -ne,w-t : another seeming mistake.
7) OMINOUS : o,min(o)us
8,9) NOT PLAYING FOR SHEEP STATIONS : cryptdef of sorts : 'runs' are where sheep may be found.
14) CORROBOREE : cor(rob,ore)e
17) BEFALLEN : Feb<,Allen
19) LESOTHO : l(those)*o
21) PALMYRA : (army,pal)*
22) JUICER : ju--,icer
25,13ac) RING TONE : (nitrogen)*

Bit rushed as I've got to move on. I'd say, 6/10.
Not wildly entertaining but not irritating.

Robespierre
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Re: DA 09/11/18

Post by Robespierre » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:46 am

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" being the definition; "heart surgery" = G and "raised" somehow could be IST.

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