DA Confusion (22nd of August)

26 across: Garish gear short about $100 (7)

The answer is kitschy, which I suppose means either garish or garish gear. I have nothing else.

12 across: Literary lion obliterated small boy (4)

Which part of this clue is the synonym or synecdoche for alan?

1 across: Before circling in, produces contraceptive (3, 4)

The direct clue is so clear that the pill is very easy to get out, but the explanation is another matter.

13 across: Alternate point to be accepted by European ministers (5, 5)

This one is really confusing. The answer is front bench.

21 down: US Jewish novelist half-accepts another knocking shop (7)

Roth is the US Jewish novelist, but I’m really not sure how brothel is produced from the rest of the clue, nor am I sure whether or not brothel = knocking shop or just brothel = shop.

10 thoughts on “DA Confusion (22nd of August)

  1. 26A: Didn’t get this, but with the benefit of hindsight: gear=kit, short=shy (as in falling short, lacking), about=containment indicator, c=100

    13A: definition=ministers, accepted by=containment indicator, european=french, alternate=’take alternate letters’ indicator, alternate ‘point to b’=ontb

    21D: ‘knocking shop’ is a slang I am familiar with I am embarrassed to admit. It is a synonym for brothel. Very crude language & only DA could get away with it in a family newspaper. Another US Jewish novelist is Saul Bellow (thanks Wikipedia). The rest is straightforward (comparatively).

  2. My suggestion for DA Gold is
    2 down: Laugh head off with interstate European (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) boy
    Laugh=chuckle, laugh head off=huckle, European=Finn & the bit I really like, interstate=berry!

    interstate=berry is a great sound-alike, worthy of DA Gold in my opinion.

    inter=bury, state is the sound-alike indicator, so bury state = berry. But the clever part is how interstate is one word which you have to mentally pick apart to make two words.

    Then, at least for me, it’s not so easy to remember that inter is a word in its own right at all. This is because when you pronounce ‘inter’ as part of ‘interstate’ the stress is on the first syllable, or first and second syllables equally, yet when you pronounce ‘inter’ as a word, the stress is on the last syllable.

    In effect, there is this second sound-alike with inter due to the different pronunciations because of where the stress lies. The two different meanings of refuse, depending on where the stress lies, is the only example I can think of where this happens where both are legitimate words in their own right. Are there any others?

    It’s a pity this gem is a bit wasted with this clue though, because 2 down is too easy to get once you cotton on to the Mark Twain theme.

  3. Wow, that is quality!

    I just put in Huckleberry Finn and didn’t bother thinking about the rest of it.

  4. 1 across:
    I am going to put forward what might seem a rather way out idea. But it is a DA we are talking about, remember! OK, here goes.

    Before = then, circling in = spiralled. So far, so not good, the tense doesn’t match. But bear with me.

    “then spiralled” is an anagram for…… “snared the pill” or “the pill snared”. All right, I warned you my idea was way out. Embryonic or half-baked might have been a better description.

    This brainwave was the result of a day off, a nice cup of coffee at Squirrel Cafe in Noone St, Clifton Hill while basking in the winter sun, and nothing much else to think about. My idea of heaven really.

    Maybe someone can take this idea and turn it into a solution. Or maybe not. It is probably a red herring.

    I still haven’t the foggiest about 12 across.

  5. 12 across:
    Here’s an idea, probably as far-fetched as my idea for 1 across, but let’s throw it out there.

    Aslan is the name of the lion in C.S.Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. A “literary lion” if you will. Maybe s=”small” (well if “l”=little!?). So “obliterated small” might mean take the s out of Aslan. Hence, we arrive at Alan, a boy’s name. QED (hopefully).

  6. Sorry to hog this forum, but I just had a thought about my previous post.

    Actually, s=”small” is OK if you think about clothing sizes. But then l=large. But, in DA Teaching’s (15 August, 2 down) we decided l=little. How can l be both?

    Now if 15 Aug 2 down had said “…large Bavarian dress” everything would have been fine.

  7. Hog away — these questions must be answered for our own sanity!

    I think you’re on a winner on the Aslan thing. I’ve never had anything to do with CS Lewis, but that certainly sounds exactly right.

    The S and L business is just DA being a shit.

    Although I can’t say that I think it’s correct, I am nonetheless impressed by your efforts at attempting an answer for 1 across. It takes quite a mind to think up something like that!

    The only lead I have is that pi might have something to do with the circling, but that doesn’t seem to be much help.

  8. Thanks, AS. 1 across is quite a puzzle. Maybe super-solver Peter Biddlecombe might drop in again sometime to help us out.

    Anyway, a new DA is out tomorrow!

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