(the circled answers are those I got from Saturday’s paper)
RS is in Beijing and TH was hungover, so that left me handling DA solo while the Tigers took out the Eagles by over seventy points at Subiaco. I listened to part of the game on the wireless and watched the rest of it on Foxtel at the Dick Whittington. On the Dick’s self-service TAB facilities, I placed a happy $2 bet on the Tigers winning by over sixty points for a total return of $26, and it was happy times all round as I got over three-quarters of Friday’s perplexing pearler sorted.
While I got over three-quarters of the DA done, I must admit that I still can’t explain a few of them, and of those that I didn’t complete, most I either have no explanation for or Google had to help me out with a solution. It’s clear that a second or third cryptic head would have come in handy for some extra explaining power, but more disappointingly, there was not a second or third raucous laugh in cacophonous symphony with my own after getting to the solution of the best clue of the crossword:
6 down: To fail when fishing in the Caribbean? (6)
I angled, I wangled, I wobbled, I baited; but it was only after some helpful cross clues that I got Tobago = in the Caribbean and the classic to bag 0 = to fail when fishing.
Dr. John on the headphones approves too of the fine clue, and he hopes, as do I, that the many DA perplexities about to be posted will be resolved by the collective consciousness of the cryptic community on the interwebs.