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by zinzan
Fri May 18, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 18/05/18
Replies: 1
Views: 207

DA 18/05/18

The NW corner was not a good place to start. I had to go SW for my first answers, then NE. They merged somewhat until all was revealed. One or two quibbles but mostly good. ACROSS 1,26) COMPOS MENTIS : compos(men)t,is : a good start. 4) ARTISTRY : (strait)*,ry : 'tracks'=railway=ry 10) ROXY MUSIC : ...
by zinzan
Fri May 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 11/05/18
Replies: 0
Views: 232

DA 11/05/18

Oops. Had PC problems this morning. Wife changed a password without telling me. Grr. Anyway, this puzzle was pretty easy today. ACROSS 1) ADMIRABLY : (my,bar,laid)* 5) GET UP : ddef : 'duds' and 'get up' being one's apparel. 9) OIL : ddef 10) FOR INSTANCE : for(instan-)ce : 'effective' = 'in force' ...
by zinzan
Fri May 04, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 04/05/18
Replies: 2
Views: 273

DA 04/05/18

Had six days now from the last DAbacle. I'm pretty sure I'll manage this week's in a more composed manner. I thought there may be a theme along the hoax line but it didn't seem very strong. 7dn also made me realise I've had that phrase wrong for only about 35 years or so. Who knew ? ACROSS 1) PAY OU...
by zinzan
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 27/04/18
Replies: 0
Views: 290

DA 27/04/18

Clearly, rude words were the theme of the day. But how rude ? It seems that SHIT is the most explicit variant while the rest were quaint expressions or just synonyms. The clues were okay but some amount of reference was required . . . ACROSS 1,22dn) BLANKETY BLANKS : ddef : . . . starting here. I us...
by zinzan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 20/04/18
Replies: 1
Views: 315

DA 20/04/18

I thought all the long answers might be some theme but it seems not. I started in the NW, got a long answer, then it pretty much flowed out from there. No real problem areas. ACROSS 1) FREAKED : f(re)aked 5) see 15dn 9) ROAD MOVIE : (avoid,more)* 10) ON CUE : onc(u)e 11) LISBON : (b--lions)* : I'm n...
by zinzan
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 13/04/18
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: DA 13/04/18

Af,
re Catwoman, I think so.
re SF, agree. Not great.
re Honda, 'on DA' equates to 'allow DA to pay for that', so if something is 'on DA', he'd say 'my treat'.
by zinzan
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 13/04/18
Replies: 2
Views: 335

DA 13/04/18

Not much reaction having finished this. I can't say anything really upset me. There were no stand-out clues. Let me see . . . ACROSS 1) IMPOST : I,m,post : I don't know what 'making' does. Just for surface methinks. 4) CATWOMAN : ca(i/two)man 10) PORT FAIRY : port,fairy : sounds familiar, didn't bot...
by zinzan
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 06/04/18
Replies: 1
Views: 384

DA 06/04/18

Well, I'm glad THAT got cleared up. Having decided I'd work around 19ac etc, one of my early answers was 32ac CD DISC and I thought 'that's a bit rank'. Then 2dn seemed to create a pattern and from there the theme was evident. ACROSS 1) INCISE : -i,-n,-c,-i,s---e 4) MONA LISA : ---monal I sa- 10) BR...
by zinzan
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 30/03/18
Replies: 1
Views: 454

DA 30/03/18

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 a...
by zinzan
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 23/03/18
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Re: DA 23/03/18

A,
because February can be 28 or 29 days, yes ?

And lots of abbreviations are clued similarly to Feb. Often enough, 'doctor' clues GP etc.