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by zinzan
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 14/12/18
Replies: 2
Views: 153

DA 14/12/18

I was a little busy this morning. Thankfully the puzzle today wasn't that hard. I did a bit while stopped at traffic lights and then polished it off when I got home. No single clue caused much grief. ACROSS 1,27) LICORICE ALLSORTS : (literal,colors,sic)* 5) OSTEAL : -os-,teal : slightly disturbing s...
by zinzan
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 07/12/18
Replies: 1
Views: 216

DA 07/12/18

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 ...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 30/11/18
Replies: 0
Views: 220

DA 30/11/18

Bit of a mixed bag of elements today. A couple of dodgy devices but nothing upsetting. ACROSS 1) RECEDE : (c-eered)* 4) see 27ac 10) CRAPSHOOT : crap,shoot : 'crap!' as an interjection. Apparently crap is 2, 3 or 12 in a dice game. 11) CLIMB : -c,-l,-i,-m,-b 12) SMOOTH OPERATOR : s(moot,hoper)at,-or...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 23/11/18
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: DA 23/11/18

Being in bad light at the airport, I read XI as XL. Much easier when XI.
by zinzan
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 23/11/18
Replies: 1
Views: 287

DA 23/11/18

I wondered when I’d get time to go through this but a 90 minute delay at the airport has taken care of that. Yesterday it was dust and wind, today just gusty conditions affecting flights. Today’s puzzle wasn’t too bad but I have one or two quibbles. ACROSS 1) STOPLIGHT : s(top)light : more an exampl...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 16/11/18
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: DA 16/11/18

DA Trippers has another explanation for 10ac, it seems. OP overwrites NO in NOtional.
That avoids an indirect anagram.

in 20d, I still think that both senses have a sense of initiation, whether it be for a holiday or a booby trap.
Let's just say, for my liking, it's not different enough.
by zinzan
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 16/11/18
Replies: 2
Views: 326

DA 16/11/18

The long answers refer to some well-known taglines from advertising. 5dn from the 90s, 6dn from forever and 7dn somewhat recently. The other answers weren't particularly hard but there is one I still can't explain properly. ACROSS 3) GUT : tug< 8) JAGUAR : j(a,gu-)ar : saw an Attenborough doco inclu...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 09/11/18
Replies: 1
Views: 347

DA 09/11/18

A pretty easy puzzle today, opened up by 8dn-9dn which gave a lot of cross-letters. ACROSS 1) GOOD AFTERNOON : goo(dafter)n,-oon : ie soon. 10) OBTUSER : (tubes,or)* 11) MAWKISH : maw,si-k<,h----- : 'third of rice' is C. 12) PLAY AROUND : ddef 13) see 25dn 15) ASTRID : a,dirts< 16) COLOSSUS : co(los...
by zinzan
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 02/11/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1251

Re: DA 02/11/18

9ac, yes, that was my thinking before the break but it dawned afterward.
by zinzan
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 02/11/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1251

DA 02/11/18

Did most of this before I was called away for the morning. Had only two little words to justify. Got back and of course they just seemed obvious when you've looked away for a while. There appeared to be no particular tricks in this puzzle and it wasn't too hard. ACROSS 1) WISECRACK : hm(whys),crack ...