DA 25/08/17

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zinzan
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DA 25/08/17

Post by zinzan » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:40 am

A reasonably slow start then a steady fill of the left side before the NE corner being the last to fall.
I didn't find anything really grating today.

ACROSS
1) PASSER-BY : passe,r-by
5) CATNIP : ca,pint<
10) GLEBE : g(-leb)e- : 'Broadway precinct' appear in The Age ? A very Sydney-friendly definition otherwise.
11) CIGARETTE : (erect,gait)*
12) RYAN GOSLING : ry,(an,go),sling : 'Tracks' being railway, or 'ry'.
13) DUE : ddef
14) BLED : blend -n
15) MAISONETTE : ma(is,one)tte
18) A GREAT DEAL : ddef
19) KOHL : ddef : A powder for eye make-up.
21) NTH : month -mo
23) TRIAL PERIOD : (airport,deli)*
25) AT WITS END : a twit send
26) SHIER : hm(shire)
27) SCRIMP : s(h/c)rimp : Neat.
28) ESCARGOT : -es(cargo)t

DOWN
1) PAGER : r(eg)ap<
2) SHED A TEAR : she(date)ar
3) ENERGY : Rene<,g-y
4) BACK-SEAT DRIVER : back's(eat)driver
6) ARROGANT : -ar- -r- -ogan- -t- : revealed ? Nah, not doing it for me. It's not precise enough, even for a DA.
7) NOTED : ddef
8) PIECEMEAL : piece,me-al
9) AGAINST ALL ODDS : v a-l : 'Val' is suggested by 'against/v' and 'all odds/a-l'. The fans will love it. The opposing fans will love to hate it.
14) BRAINIACS : (basic)* +rain
16) TWO-TIMING : (mo-t,w-iting)* : 'dismissed as' is remove a and s.
17) FACTOTUM : fact,o,tum : If you saw factotum for the first time, you'd never expect handyman to be a definition. From my rough research, Latin fac totem = 'do everything'
20) GEISHA : ----ge is ha-- : Took me too long to see it, d'oh. So it must have been a neat clue.
22) HEWER : chewer -c
24) DURST : du(-r-s-)t-

A couple of neat ones minus one or two eye-rolls equals a 6.5/10

afrit
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Re: DA 25/08/17

Post by afrit » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:53 pm

10 Broadway precinct = Glebe appeared in the Age. Is Glebe the only suburb of Sydney that has a Broadway. Far too localised a clue.
14 As ground-keeping as to be split for the clue to work, a question mark is in order.
20 Ditto with half-packed.
17 Factotum as in Figaro in The Barber of Seville.

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