DA 08/03/19

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zinzan
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DA 08/03/19

Post by zinzan » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:07 am

This puzzle seemed to be at a nice level of difficulty. Most clues required a bit of thought and there was a satisfactory slice of general knowledge.
There were some nice tricks but one which I cannot support.

ACROSS
1) JAMBALAYA : jam,ba(lay)a : I liked the 'sheepish remark'.
6) ON AIR : on,air : probably the day's easiest.
9) CON : ddef : the next easiest.
10) PRESTIGIOUS : (group,site,is)*
11) MOBILE : Mo(lib<)e- : 'barely' doesn't do it for me. To me it implies it was close but was in fact complete, not falling short. You might say 'barely' means 'without a cover' but if that be it, it should remove both covers. Either way 'barely' does not work.
12) SVENGALI : (-vangelis-)* : maybe the Vangelis anagram has already been done.
15) NEOCORTEX : (one)*,-cor-,-t-,-ex- : I liked 'think piece'.
17) TROVE : -trove : ie strove.
18) SKINT : s---t <> kin
19) CLEOPATRA : arc< <> Leo,pat
21) EAGLE EYE : -ea-,glee,ye : does 'you' need an indication of archaism ?
22) AZALEA : --aza,lea : ie p---l from plaza. Bit overworked methinks.
25) PETER PARKER : peter,hm(parka) : I liked 'bite victim' but general knowledge is needed. Not too much though. He became Spiderman after a . . .
27) ARC : -a-r-c
28) NAG AT : an<,Gat : ie Gatling gun.
29) ETYMOLOGY : (gloomy,yet)*

DOWN
1) JACKMAN : jack,man : simple enough.
2) MIND-BLOWING : hm(blind,mowing)* : a very risky habit for one's toes.
3) AMPOL : lop,ma < : an old chain of petrol stations. I guess I'm old enough to know.
4) APEX : a----,hm(pecks)
5) ANTI-VAXXER : (naïve,art)* <> x,x : the surface let it down. I liked the definition but the 'naïve artform' was disappointing.
6) ORGAN STOP : -or,(pot,snag)< : gee, there must have been a Pell clue in there somewhere . . . I saw '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown' recently - a comedic version of Letters And Numbers, as we know it. They went to the break asking an anagram of OH MY KNOB, giving a clue of 'something held in the church'. You do the rest . . . It's very funny if you see the show.
7) AVO : -avo- : ie havoc.
8) RESPITE : -re-,spite
13) AMONTILLADO : a,Mon,till,a,do : haven't checked. Assume it's right.
14) STICKY TAPE : sticky,tape
16) ON THE TROT : (then,to)*,rot
18) SLEEP IN : nip,eels <
20) ANARCHY : achy <> ran< : not much surface.
23) ZORRO : (-o,--rr--,oz)< : clunk, clunk, clunk.
24) OKAY : o,yak<
26) TAG : ddef : Dieter is a German dude, so day is 'tag'. Good deception.

I think overall I liked the puzzle apart from the 'barely' moment which was unfortunate. It's pretty close to how hard a DA should be.
7.25/10

afrit
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Re: DA 08/03/19

Post by afrit » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:07 am

Re 11 Chambers gives 'not quite' as one meaning for barely, so 'moe' is not quite 'moet'.

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