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by zinzan
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/02/19
Replies: 1
Views: 227

DA 15/02/19

Mmm, three pretty manageable DAs in a row. One or two clues took a few moments more than others but generally there was an obvious element or definition that pretty quickly suggested an answer. I have a totally unfounded theory about all this . . . ACROSS 1) VIVID : a nice clue but so, so easy. 4) P...
by zinzan
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/02/19
Replies: 1
Views: 247

DA 08/02/19

Well another puzzle that didn't provide many obstacles to a quick solve. I didn't know 1ac so that was LOI. Otherwise it was pretty clear sailing. ACROSS 1,4) HUGGER-MUGGER : hugger,mugger : Sounds like some overly affectionate person or something related to a 'chugger' (charity mugger) but it just ...
by zinzan
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Comment on other SMH/Age or other puzzles
Topic: DH 05/02/19
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: DH 05/02/19

No argument from me. The least attentive setter in the SMH.
Doesn't try to make good clues - just a set of words (or less) followed by a number in brackets.

He does, however, make some of the other setters look okay.
by zinzan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/02/2019
Replies: 0
Views: 221

DA 01/02/2019

Well. A couple of weeks off DA while I was suitably distracted. So feeling a little out of practice, happily today's puzzle was knocked over pretty easily. Very few clues had to be looked at twice. Most clues had an obvious element that pointed to an answer. ACROSS 1) THREESCORE : t(cheers)*ore : 'g...
by zinzan
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: 18/11/19
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: 18/11/19

Off the slopes early as whited out. Time to try DA via iPad.

All agreed but wondered about 13dn. Wasted and chicanery could both be anaginds and absolutely could simply be ALL. Not quite clear.

I’ll look in again next week!
by zinzan
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 11/1/19
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: DA 11/1/19

: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.
by zinzan
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 11,18,25/01/19
Replies: 0
Views: 199

DA 11,18,25/01/19

Alas, I will be unable to post the next three weeks. Will be too busy next week and then OS for the following two.
Any guests who'd like to pass an opinion, please do so. Even in summary.

Adios amoebas. Until Feb 1.
by zinzan
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 04/01/19
Replies: 2
Views: 307

DA 04/01/19

For me, it was a slowish start. 10ac was in quickly but I then had to do a bit of reading to get a second. The first six or so gradually revealed themselves then it was a snow-balling finish. One or two I'm still not completely convinced by. ACROSS 1) BUMPER STICKER : Sp(stumper,bicker) : vague defi...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 28/12/18
Replies: 0
Views: 229

DA 28/12/18

The last DA for 2018. A rubric appears. Will it be a Xmas theme ? A NY theme ? A Sydney to Hobart theme ? Nah. Just a theme that barely appears on my radar. I knew 6 of the 8 theme answers but couldn't tell you too much more than some BIG hits. Anyway, if you like 'both kinds or music, country AND w...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 21/12/18
Replies: 1
Views: 316

DA 21/12/18

Same thing as last week. Had work all morning so had to hope it wasn't a stinker when I got to it. It wasn't. There were a few look-ups at 7- and 8dn but everything else was pretty straightforward. ACROSS 1) BIGOTED : bi(p/got)ed : almost didn't need the sec-inds. 5) RALLIED : ddef : a good, decepti...