The Confusion from the 12th of September

12 across: Bestial one covering uni garbage to follow 16-down (cockylora) (7, 7)

Even though the answer to 16-down, cockylora, is a playground game I had never heard of, it is not a word I particularly care to know, so I’ve not bothered to put it into the DA Teachings category. What I do want to know, though, is how the answer to this clue could be british bulldog.

17 across: Sort of market subterfuge? Beg off graft (7)

I can understand why sort of market subterfuge = futures. How beg off graft = futures is beyond me, though.

19 down: Shortly back-ordered links to simple songs (7)

Links = ties and simple songs = ditties, but how does shortly back-ordered = dit?

6 thoughts on “The Confusion from the 12th of September

  1. I got together with AJ again on Friday arvo at The Workshop http://www.theworkshop.com.au and we accounted for about two-thirds of this DA in about an hour and a half.

    The rest of the evening saw me get to within 4 or 5. I am glad I resisted the temptation to look at the solution on Saturday, because I got 2 of my best ah-hahs then and around noon Sunday, leaving me one short, namely the aforementioned “cockylora”. Never heard of it either.

    The SMH for 9 Aug 2005 has a nice reminiscence of this schoolyard game: “The adrenaline in those rushes was incredible. I remember Bart Rizzutto would often be the last, and looking at a tennis court of about 50 kids he would get really serious and take off his shoes before setting off, taking his time for dramatic effect while everyone waited. If you were lucky enough and close enough, he would hand them to you to carry for him. I remember one time following about 10 paces behind, a little sycophant with eyes bulging, and he was ahead in the heat of battle, leaving kids sprawled on the ground and turned inside out, as I trotted behind, jumping over the carnage.”

    Wikipedia’s list of traditional children’s games mentions British Bulldog as a tag-based game, along with “Cocky Olly”.

  2. How odd.

    My place of work blocked the link to The Workshop because it was considered to be under the blacklisted category of Criminal Skills.

    I do like The Workshop, though, perhaps as much as I enjoyed working in the city and having full internet access when at work only about a month ago.

    Sigh.

  3. 17 across: Sort of market subterfuge? Beg off graft (7)
    Subterfuge beg off = subterfuge minus the letters b,e,g = sutrfue. Graft is anagram indicator. Hence sort of market = FUTURES.

    19 down: Shortly back-ordered links to simple songs (7)
    ordered = tidy, back-ordered=ydit, shortly back-ordered=dit, links=ties, dit ties = DITTIES = simple songs.

  4. I have an idea for
    12 across: Bestial one covering uni garbage to follow 16-down (cockylora) (7, 7)
    bestial = brutish, “one covering uni” means “substitute i for u”, hence brutish transforms into british, garbage=bull, to follow=dog, so…british bulldog!

  5. Having to do some manipulation on a not-obvious synonym always makes for a difficult clue.

    Top work, NC!

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