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zinzan
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DA 07/12/18

Post by zinzan » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:10 am

The rubric was a little vague so one had to just plough ahead and note any clues that didn't quite make sense (or more so than usual).
9- and 10-ac didn't quite add up but 15-dn gave it away for sure. A (4,5) answer for back-breaker with only LAST being clued meant that STRAW was lost, or had to be picked up or however you interpreted it.

1,27) CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA : (ritual,a,plan,cause)* : which is not &lit but I bet someone at DA Trippers will say it is. Still, it's close but it has some flaws as a clue regardless.
>>5) CANNOLI : "CAN",no,li---- : surface is a stretch.
>>9) CUPID : "CUP",ID
>>10) BUTTING IN : "BUTT",-ing-in : ie ring-in.
11) see 28ac
12) NEO-NAZI : neon,--azi--
14) LINOLEUM : (mo-el,un-il)* : at what point will someone decide that Model T (Ford) is a bit past its use-by date ?
16) GENDER : gen,d-e-r-
18) THRASH : t(h---)rash
>>20) CAPYBARA : "CAP",arab-y< : horsey=arab-y, sort of amusing.
23) EMERSON : e-------m,-erson : ie person.
24) GLANCE : ddef
27) see 1ac
28,11) HEDDA GABLER : hm(header),g------,abler : either 'g' in getting is okay.
29) I KNEW IT : (wine,kit)* : as many probably are . . .
>>30) GARBAGE : (Ga--er)* <> "BAG"

DOWN
1) COCO : co,co : between this and 17dn, I thought the ruse was going to be double-barrelled words.
2) EXPLAIN : ex,plain : if 'desert' was weird enough to get a '?', why didn't the setter just use another word ?
3) NADAL : lad,a-----n <
4) P T BARNUM : ---p T-bar num----
5) CITING : hm(sighting)
6) NOISOMELY : (oil moneys)*
7) ON GUARD : -ongu-(a)-rd-
8) IAN KIERNAN : i(a)nkier,nan : nice surface and it reveals how long a themed puzzle probably takes.
>>13) GLITTERATI : I,tag< <> "LITTER"
>>15) LAST STRAW : last,"STRAW"
17) GANG-GANG : gang x2
19) REELS IN : (relines)* : blah.
21) ARCADIA : ar(cad)ia : a 'rogue song' ?
22) ANKLET : --ank let----
25) ABHOR : a(b)-hor : ie Thor.
26) LAKE : ddef : referring to Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

It was a decent enough puzzle with a good theme not stretched to ridiculousness.
7.5/10

afrit
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Re: DA 07/12/18

Post by afrit » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:49 pm

14 In answer to your question; at the same time revoluntionay = Che and indeed = put something inside 'deed' are abondoned.

1d Woudn't the mirror image of co be cooc?

3 DA is still acting under the delusion that 'vacation' = to vacate. It never has meant that'. Even the addition of a '?' or a '!' would fail to make it acceptable. There is a limit how far on can twist meaning and retain a sensible clue.

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