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DA 29/06/18

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:33 am
by zinzan
I think I liked this one. It was a little closer to the style of Paul in The Guardian (but not consistently so) and his puzzles are always entertaining.
In today's DA, there was some sensible surface, simple constructions and some amusing ideas. Also a couple of quibbles.

ACROSS
1) EASY-PEASY : (yeas-y)* <>peas : nice surface but still relying on T and F for True and False.
6) VALUE : vale <>hm(ewe) : also good surface, enough that it didn't need the ? for once.
9) TENONED : ten(one)d
10) AMIABLE : am I able ? : not the first occurrence of this construction but it happens . . .
11) ELONGATE : Elon-gate
12) VACUUM : not too sure why 'a natural abhorrence'. Anyone ?
14) DECOR : -----de cor--- : tried hard to put DELIS using out-SIDE and angle=L but couldn't quite mangle it so.
15) ONE NATION : --o--,ne(a,tin)*on : probably the clunkiest today.
17) MINECRAFT : mine,craft : ask your average teenage boy . . . a block-based online game.
18) JETTY : ddef : a clue can be simple AND amusing.
19) TETHER : te(the)r-
21) TANZANIA : Ta(s-m-/NZ)ania : it's all there somewhere but not a hard answer to get.
24) SUBZERO : sub,zero : and winner of the 1992 Melbourne Cup . . .
25) ICEPICK : hm(eyes,pic) : mmm, not really.
26) ELECT : (---celet)*
27) SHED A TEAR : she(date)ar

DOWN
1,23) ENTRE NOUS : -entre-,-n-,-ous- : I guess opened can be 'uncovered' . . . ?
2) SENIOR CONSTABLE : (is,one)*r--------,con,stable : thought 'suspect initially' was the S, so struggled to justify the rest for a while.
3) PANEGYRIC : pane,g-y,ric- : 'guy outside' is a bit loose.
4) ADDITIONAL : (loan,did,it,a)* : a very nice anagram and surface.
5) YEAR : ------y,-ear-
6) VOILA : v,oil,-a- : wondered a place-name too long.
7) LABOUR INTENSIVE : (in,trouble,save,in)*
8) EVEN-MONEY : even,m(one)y
13) NEUTRALISE : (lustier,-ean) : good misdirection on 'counter'.
14) DEMITASSE : demit,asse---- : i.e. assessed, but still good.
16) AL JAZEERA : a,l(jaz-)eer,a
20) EXERT : ex-ert : i.e. expert
22) ASKER : -asker : i.e. basker
23) see 1dn

I think this was pretty good, being a bit closer to a 'purist' puzzle than most. There was little convolution and still cleverness.
8/10.

Re: DA 29/06/18

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:38 am
by RogerD
12A: "Nature abhors a vacuum" (Aristotle)

--Roger