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by afrit
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 12/1/18
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: DA 12/1/18

6 freak is the definition as in freak out = panic 11 Juice = electrical power, so switch = juice supplier 27 occasionally seems the wrong word. Regularly is better 2 classical seems redundant 6 I know DA has used it before but to say on vacation = take the innards from a word is stretching the langu...
by afrit
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 05/01/18
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: DA 05/01/18

If a setter is to use abbreviations then use them correctly

24 rd = road not route. Rd = route could be the abbreviation equivalent of an indirect anagram

19 pp (musically) = very quiet not 'just quiet'
by afrit
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 08/12/17
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Re: DA 08/12/17

22 'High Street' adds nothing to the sense or surface of the clue.

18 What is cryptic about the clue? Straightforward example of the answer.
by afrit
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 01/12/17
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Re: DA 01/12/17

16 '... time the subtle thief of youth,...'. Milton Sonnet 7

2 In logical Truth Tables T = True F = False.
by afrit
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Discussion of ACC Crosswords
Topic: Grids: Fair and unfair
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Grids: Fair and unfair

One more feature:
The grid should contain between 24 and 32 clues.
by afrit
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Discussion of ACC Crosswords
Topic: Grids: Fair and unfair
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Grids: Fair and unfair

My comments arise from the November Slot 2 Grid which shows a third-rate rate unfair grid. The following remarks apply to the mormal 15x15 blocked cryptic puzzle. They are not original and may be found in many crossword manuals. A fair grid should exhibit the following features: 1. A balance of shor...
by afrit
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 27/10/17
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: DA 27/10/17

2 My diner coats a diced herb (9) Coriander. 'Diced' as an anagrind seems to be referring to either 'coats a' or 'herb'. It's in the wrong place if it's meant to be referring to 'diner' 5 Label again bordering on rare and revolting? Right on! (6) rename. DA must be desperate if he has to resort to a...
by afrit
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 13/10/17
Replies: 2
Views: 534

Re: DA 13/10/17

9 Couldn't agree more re the use of abbreviations etc in anagram fodder. Half a step removed from an indirect anagram.
by afrit
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: DA Explanations and blog
Topic: DA 22/09/17
Replies: 1
Views: 551

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: 629

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?