DA 24/08/18

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zinzan
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DA 24/08/18

Post by zinzan » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:08 am

Bit of a slow solve today. LHS was first in, virtually, then RHS took longer.
The rubric says nine clues of the theme but it looks to me like ten.

ACROSS
1) EMOJIS : some< <> (j---,i)
5) BEEFIER : b(fee<)ier : a bier being a funeral platform.
*10) SPARK PLUG : spark,plug
11) see 29ac
12) EMU WREN : (new,m--ure)* : never heard of it.
*13) OIL PUMP : -o-i-l-,pump : is 'supports' meant to be just 'along with' ?
14) BLENHEIM : blen----,he(i)m : ie blending. A victory in 1704 . . .
16) UPSHOT : Up,shot : one of the less-known Pixar films but quite useful for setters.
19) ENGINE : e----------,n(g)ine : what does 'in' do apart from confuse the clue ?
*21) RADIATOR : rad,i,ato-,-----r : ie atop.
24) MADE PLANS : mad,EP,l-ans
25) G-SUIT : g--s,-uit-
26) THE MEEK : them,eek
27) ABYSMAL : a,by,smal- : couldn't work in a seven dwarf to save myself . . .
*28) FAN BELT : Sp(ban,felt)
*29,11) TIMING CHAIN : timing,chain

DOWN
2) MEASURE : me,a,sure
3) JOKER : whatever
*4) SOLENOID : sole,no ID
5) BIG TOP : (-p-o-i-g - b-t)*
6) EUCALYPTI : (up,city,a,l--e)*
7) IN A RUSH : ---inar ush---
8) RUN UP : ddef
9) ASSEMBLE : a,s,--semble : ie resemble.
15) HANDPIECE : ----h,and,piece : but I don't get 'heater'='piece'.
*17) THROTTLE : thr---,-ottle : 'rocks' is ice.
*18) CAMSHAFT : ca(m)sh,aft
*20) GUDGEON : (gouged)*,n
22) THURMAN : th(i/-urma)n : ie Burma.
*23) GASKET : g(ask)et : is 'get' = 'understanding' ? Not sure how.
24) MOTIF : M(o-t-i-)F : shouldn't it be 'by both sexes' ?
25) GOYIM : go,Y,--im--

I think by the end I wasn't enjoying this puzzle. Too much doubt and fairly mundane overall.
3/10.

Robespierre
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Re: DA 24/08/18

Post by Robespierre » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:55 pm

Agree that there are 10, not 9, definitionless clues.
15A "heater"= slang for "gun"
23A There seems to be a mismatch in the part of speech. "get" = "understand" & can be a noun but not meaning "understanding" as far as I know.

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