DA 15/06/18

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zinzan
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DA 15/06/18

Post by zinzan » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:42 am

Bit slow to start in the NW corner but made advances elsewhere and progressed steadily to a finish. 11ac and 22ac were LOI. (Last one/s in).
No particular theme, just 32 clues and answers.

ACROSS
1) MOTTLED : m,-ottled : i.e. bottled
5) BUS STOP : buss,top : never heard of 'buss' . . . same as kiss, it seems.
9,27,9,16) OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND : out of sight,(im,to,do,fun)* : 'wicked'='out of sight' or that's what the kids tell me . . . nah, I knew that.
10) GOLD MEDAL : g----l <> old,me,DA
11) SULTRY : s-ul,try : i.e. soul, tax=frustrate=try
12) ADVANCES : ddef
15) DEEP FREEZE : peed<,hm(frees)
16) see 9ac
18) FLAX : f(------l)ax
19) LAUNCH PADS : (salad,punch)* : wow, what a dull clue.
21) ELLIPSIS : --elli--,(p-----s)is
22) SIERRA : --ar reis---- <
25) BELVEDERE : bel-ved,ere
27) see 9ac
28) GHOSTLY : -g(host)ly : stupid clue.
29) DAWDLER : wad<,-dler

DOWN
1) MOORS : ddef
2) TOTAL RECALL : tot,(clear)*,all
3) LIFE RAFT : lif-,(after)* : i.e. lift. Not too bad.
4) DIGS : ddef
5) BULLDOZING : bull,dozing
6) SAMPAN : s(-am-)pan
7) TAD : ta,D
8) PALISADES : hm(palace aides) : hmm, summoned, eh . . .
13) CHIVAS REGAL : (have,garlics)* : also dull.
14) RELATIVELY : rela(t----l<>I've)y
15) DUFFEL BAG : duff,gable< : always tempting to spell with LE.
17) CHAIN SAW : Sp(sane chore)
20) UPBEAT : up,beat : interesting.
23) ACTOR : -actor
24) DEED : 'contract' palindrome
26) LOO : -l-o-o- : probably the neatest clue.

I didn't see too much that upset me except a couple of dull clues. It felt like a puzzle done quickly while something else was brewing.
Anyway, 4/10.

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