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by afrit
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Re: DA 22/09/17

26 "top of block' is better suited to a down clue 24 Agree with ZZ comment. The clue requires a question mark as no indication is given that one has to divide eggshells to arrive at the answer. A clue should provide all the elements (including question marks etc) that enable a solver to get the requ...
by afrit
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 15/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: DA 15/09/17

The long answer is Araucaria at his worst.

1a Perhaps pho = faux = phony a homonym run wild.

19 phoned as a homonym indicator is another travesty.

28 Ron Wood was an unknown legend to me. I'm more a Segovia, Williams, Romeros man myself.

21 Another homonym failure. Does DA have a hearing problem?
by afrit
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Crossword and clue discussion
Topic: DH 12/09/2017
Replies: 2
Views: 112

DH 12/09/2017

Can any one explain why the following 'gems' from yersterday's DH require question marks.

1a Korby and Pell cooked some meat? (4,5)

25 Moron? Tess? I upset Italian education reformer? (10)

30 Communist fire many bullets in paprika plant? (3,6)
by afrit
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/09/17
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: DA 01/09/17

I'd mark it at 5/10. Eleven anagrams is way too many. DA usually has no more than 4. He seems to have been talking with DH and DS who are masters at limited cluing.
25 I would query 'registered' as a homophone indicator.
8 The grammar is wrong; 'at' is ditched.
by afrit
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 25/08/17
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Re: DA 25/08/17

10 Broadway precinct = Glebe appeared in the Age. Is Glebe the only suburb of Sydney that has a Broadway. Far too localised a clue.
14 As ground-keeping as to be split for the clue to work, a question mark is in order.
20 Ditto with half-packed.
17 Factotum as in Figaro in The Barber of Seville.
by afrit
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 18/08/17
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: DA 18/08/17

12 An example of sloppy proof-reading all too frequent in today's papers.
6 As Timbuktu is a regional capital of Mali, is DA implying that Sydney or Melbourne = Australia. A half thought through idea.
by afrit
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 11/08/17
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: DA 11/08/17

9 I seem to remember a discussion some time back that words which are usually capitalized should always be treated so in clues. Hence lab = Labrador (dog) should be Lab. A little rewording, with 'Lab report perhaps' beginning the clue would solve the problem.
by afrit
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 28/07/17
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: DA 28/07/17

1a Chambers defines 'hi' as an interjection, q.v.

26 'Dib' in Chambers can refer to a child's game using small bones or stones, not really marble(s)

13 Agree with your comment re 'noisy' as a dubious homophone indicator
by afrit
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 21/07/17
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: DA 21/07/17

15 Shakespeare uses 'sans' several times at the end of the 'All the world's a stage' speech in As You Like it, but he was 400 years closer to the Norman-French invasion. Probably assimilated enough to not need further defining.
22 Answer is 'wetlands'
by afrit
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 14/07/17
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Re: DA 14/07/17

In addition to Zinzan's frustrations: 11 Deserves a question mark as cut back is to be read as two words. 16 The surface would make even less sense without 'for' 24 If DA can't hear the difference between where and wear he needs hearing aids. Look at the relevent entries in Chambers and, I daresay, ...