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Robespierre
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DA 11/1/19

Post by Robespierre » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:59 pm

An easy solve today, with the theme clue (16, 20d) readily worked out. The theme answer led me to expect that there would be some other answers meaning "ducks" & that these would all appear in rows - but quite a tour de force for DA to manage every row (apart from the theme answer itself) being comprised of ducks in one meaning or another.

7a IIMMERSE: Giant = IMMENSE, then replace N by (plumbe)R
8a MALLARD: MAL, LARD
10a HUNKER DOWN: (Now drunk he)* "Squat" not an especially accurate synonym.
11 MEAT: homoph(MEET)
12a DIVERS: dd
14a SUBMERGE: SURGE contains B(u)M(p)E(r)
16a, 20d GET ALL YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW: dd
19a SIDESTEP: SIDE, STEP
21a CANARD: AN contained within CARD
23a NADA: Latter part of RAMADAN, then reversed. Disappointing surface.
24a CIRCUMVENT: (unmetric, CV)* Ugly clue - surely DA could have done better
26a BOB DOWN: BOB, DOWN
27a NOTHING: NOTING contains H

1d IMMUNISE: MM contained within [(c)UISINE]*
2d HECKLE: Heckle & Jeckle are a pair of identical cartoon characters - actually magpies cf. crows according to Wikipedia
3d TSAR: hidden reversed within "drastic". "Overthrow" works as an anagrind but query as reversal indicator
4d PAIN: I think of patisserie as French for a shop that produces cakes & pastries. Query the reference to producing bread (French pain)- better thought of as the traditional function of a boulangerie.
5d FLAMBEAU: (FUME, A LAB)*
6d ERLANG: hidden word. I initially disliked the definition, remembering from a brief period working in the industry that "erlang" is a unit of telco traffic, not "telco traffic". But then we would accept "length" and "metre" etc. as crossword synonyms
9d GOBSTOPPERS: GO, BOPPERS containing ST
13d SPLIT: dd
15d BORIC: formed by initial letters
17d ADELAIDE: (m)A(n), rev(DIALED), E. Note North American spelling cf. DIALLED
18d KARENINA: rev[A, NINE, RAK(e)]
22d NAVAHO: HAVE A NO spoonerised
24d COWL: CO, W(astefu)L
25d UPON: "across" = UP ON

Virtually all of DA's creativity budget seemed to go into constructing the very demanding grid concept - the clues themselves are pretty uninspired by his standards.

Dr Bob
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Re: DA 11/1/19

Post by Dr Bob » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:05 am

Robespierre

I am curious as to why you would bother to post an identical solution 40 minutes after I went to the trouble of posting mine to cover Andrew's unavailability?

Feel free to provide the next two weeks' solutions - I won't intrude on your need for attention.

cheers

Dr Bob

Robespierre
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Re: DA 11/1/19

Post by Robespierre » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:12 am

Dr Bob

The duplication was inadvertent. Your blog hadn't been posted when I started drafting mine and I didn't notice it at the time of actually submitting mine.

Robespierre

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Re: DA 11/1/19

Post by zinzan » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:12 pm

:roll:
I leave the blog for ONE week and what happens . . . . lol.

I did a lot of it but wouldn't have been able to post anything. Seemed okay.

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Re: DA 11/1/19

Post by Dr Bob » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:55 pm

Robespierre -No Worries!

ZinZan - Enjoy your holiday!

Dr Bob

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