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zinzan
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DA 15/02/19

Post by zinzan » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:14 am

Mmm, three pretty manageable DAs in a row. One or two clues took a few moments more than others but generally there was an obvious element or definition that pretty quickly suggested an answer. I have a totally unfounded theory about all this . . .

ACROSS
1) VIVID : a nice clue but so, so easy.
4) PALEOZOIC : (police,a)* <> Oz : took a little longer as I wondered what could end in O_C.
9) DANDENONG RANGES : (and)*,den,on,granges. Balances the Sydney reference, I guess.
10) OVERAWED : hm(ova,oared)
11) GIANTS : g(r/i)ants : when a clue says 'A for B', does A replace B or B replace A ? Both possibly methinks.
13) ANTSY : -a(-n)tsy : don't why Armageddon was necessary.
14) SEEING RED : seeing,hm(read) : drab.
16) EPIC VERSE : -e(pic)verse : ie reverse.
18) PANIC : ddef
19) CIGARS : (-isgrac-)* : what else was 'maybe Cubans' going to be ?
20) GAZUMPED : gaz(ump)ed : haven't heard that for a while.
22) AGAINST THE GRAIN : ddef : also pretty obvious.
23) BRIC-A-BRAC : --bric a bra c-- : nice enough but obvious again.
24) RETIE : (-e-t-r-i-e-)* : FOI.

DOWN
1) VIDEO GAME : (image,dove)* : again, good clue. Again, pretty easy.
2) VINCENT LINGIARI : (civilian,entering)* minus --------e : great clue for someone I've never heard of. Have now.
3) DIETARY : die,t(a)ry
4) PROFESSORS : pr(of)ess,-or-,s-- : academics/press, you know where that's leading.
5) LEGO : l-------e,go
6) OVATION : ---ovation : ie inn/ovation.
7) ORGAN TRANSPLANT : cryptic def : doesn't seem DAish enough.
8) CASES : ddef
12) TELEPATHIC : t(-ele-,path)ic
15) DECADENCE : need< <> cad,c-----e
17) VERANDA : v-e-,R-anda : LOI.
18) PLUNGER : ddef : good but easy.
19) CRABB : crabb-
21) ATAR : -atar : student rank and (1,1,1,1) - what else ?

So there seems to be a shift from crazy, convoluted clues with some esoteric references to more organised, correct looking clues which are a little easy. My theory, without any proof, is that there might be a ghost writer whose work gets a bit DA-ified before publication. DA is quite busy and I've often wondered how he manages.
I've seen other SMH setters sporadically produce a really nice set of clues and thought the same. Because it really could be a whole team under one initials. Maybe I could submit a puzzle this way ?

Anyhow, rumour-mongering aside, 5/10.

afrit
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Re: DA 15/02/19

Post by afrit » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:44 pm

9 A curious way to describe the Dandenongs. Would one describe the Blue Mountains as 'West Sydney eminence'?

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