DA 30/03/18

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zinzan
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DA 30/03/18

Post by zinzan » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:08 am

Not as good as previous weeks basically. I have yet to parse two elements but I hope they become clear as I write.

ACROSS
1) FEATHERWEIGHT : feat,(grew,hit,he)* : 'devised' ? Surely a better indicator was out there.
10) THREE : th(re)e
11) EMILE ZOLA : (male,lie)*<>(oz<) : the first bit works well as Zola wrote J'Accuse about the President of France but then we got the weird featherweight=ounce=oz portion. Maybe the soldier was a featherweight figuratively but it seemed more opportunistic to cross-reference than anything clever.
12) OLD TIMERS : (some,dirt)*<>-----l
13) JOLIE : J--o,lie : sort of okay.
14) RAMSAY : ram,say : my first mystery. One butter is 'ram'. 'skimmed butter' ? SAY ?
15) MOUSE MAT : (-ustom,ma-e)* : always known them as mouse-pads. Otherwise, good clue.
17) ENQUIRED : en(quire)d
19) OWNS UP : ow,(puns)*
22) V-SIGN : ddef? : my other mystery. A hand signal for peace, sure. What does 'vice versa' do ? Is it just saying 'read it as manual peace' ? So a cryptic definition ? Since when is reading something grammatically correctly important in a DA puzzle ?
23) FIRMAMENT : if<,R(Mam-)ent : of course everyone remembers Mame ! That 1960s musical . . . eh, no ?
24) CREATURES : (rate,cures)* : surface reading ?! Looks like a 'I'll come back and fix this clue before publication but . . . ' type clue.
26) THOLE : t---,hole : that minus hat. Meh.
27) see 13dn

DOWN
2) EARLDOM : (a,model)*<>R
3) TREPIDATION : (rate,into)*<>(dip<)
4) EXETER : hm(exiter)
5) WAINSCOT : hm(Wayne,Scott) : Swan and Morrison
6) IRE : -i-r-e- : drab clue, nonsensical.
7) HOODLUM : hood--,-lum- : okay, when the setter says 'rings out', how many ? You'd reasonably expect all, so H--D--. Other setters might indicate more precisely which rings to leave out, or, find a better way to do it. This clue certainly wasn't done so for the surface.
8) AT YOUR SERVICE : (treasury)*<>o,vice : I hate 'get' as a containment indicator. So vague.
9) TALENT-SPOTTER : talents,Potter : some merit here.
13,27ac) JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED : ddef (sort of) : I can't believe there wasn't an anagram of 'just,what,the,doctor'.
16) SEAFARER : hm(see,fairer)
18) QUITE SO : quit,-e-s-o-
20) STEP ONE : st(EP)one : 'set in stone'/permanently.
21) FRASER : (se-far-r)* : overworked.
25) TUT : ddef : tut tut. Quite so.

It all snowballed into a fairly strong dislike for this puzzle. No highlights and some big disappointments after the last month or so.
2.5/10

afrit
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Re: DA 30/03/18

Post by afrit » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:57 pm

17 Should have a question mark as the hyphen needs removing before the clue works correctly.

22 I am also puzzled. Perhaps vice versa may refer to the fact that the V sign has one's palm pointing outwards; have the palm pointing inwards and it becomes an 'up yours' gesture.

24 Not the best surface.

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