The Great Confusion (30th January)

1 across: Is radio carried by explorer in halter? (4, 5)

Halter = disc brake. The rest?

5 down: Cosmic cutie came to end before start (4)

RC called it early as ewok = cosmic cutie. What we never managed to work out is an explanation.

6 down: Bloke getting there when four escape tangled scrub (9)

I kind of cheated on this one by looking up the dictionary to get scrub = chaparral. Bloke = chap is obvious, the rest not so.

11 across: NZ author fixed habit with heroin reserve (4, 4)

NZ author = Ruth Park and reserve = park, but how can fixed habit with heroin = ruth?

19 across: Hungarian scorer’s tip for audience? (5)

Liszt = Hungarian, but how does the rest work?

21 across: RAF shell wounds wet Sendero Luminoso fighter (5)

Sendero Luminoso fighter = Maoist, but that’s all I’ve got.

28 across: Increase tenfold the gist of legal restriction (5)

We figured that restriction = limit, just that we had no explanation for it.

14 down: Guards causing endless ruckus about … revolt (10)

I got guards = custodians from the cross clues. I had no explanation for it, though.

23 down: Pontoon, perhaps, reaches sailor on the Persian Gulf (5)

RC again called it early with on the Persian Gulf = Qatar. While sailor = tar is easy enough, how does pontoon, perhaps = qa?

2 down: A long way for A-listers to go? (7, 4)

The Saturday Age says stretch limo, just that I don’t even know what the direct clue is.

14 thoughts on “The Great Confusion (30th January)

  1. 1 across: Is radio carried by explorer in halter? (4, 5)

    I like Halter = disc brake. Is + CB radio inside explorer Drake: D – is – CB – rake.

    5 down: Cosmic cutie came to end before start (4)

    Who the George Lucas would call an ewok a cosmic cutie?!?

    6 down: Bloke getting there when four escape tangled scrub (9)

    getting there = arrival – four IV = arral.

    11 across: NZ author fixed habit with heroin reserve (4, 4)

    Fixed = rut + heroin H = Ruth.

    19 across: Hungarian scorer’s tip for audience? (5)

    Hungarian scorer is all the clue needs, it’s obviously Liszt. The rest is garnish. If DA wants us too think “tip for audience” = an abbreviation of Listen!, he’s having a lend of us.

    21 across: RAF shell wounds wet Sendero Luminoso fighter (5)

    Wet = moist and, I suppose, RAF shell wounds = a, ergo M – a – oist, moist.

    28 across: Increase tenfold the gist of legal restriction (5)

    NFI.

    14 down: Guards causing endless ruckus about … revolt (10)

    Nup.

    23 down: Pontoon, perhaps, reaches sailor on the Persian Gulf (5)

    No idea on the QA, either.

    2 down: A long way for A-listers to go? (7, 4)

    “A long way” is a pun for getting around in a long car… which famous people (A-listers) get around in.

  2. Couple of clarifications.

    Fixed habit = rut, not just fixed.

    “tip for audience” = is not an abbreviation of “Listen!”, it’s a “pun” for “Listen!”… I suppose.

    Sendero Luminoso are Peruvian communists.

  3. 5 down: Cosmic cutie came to end before start (4)

    came to = woke. “woke” end = “e”. start [of woke] = “wok”. “e” before “wok” = ewok.

    14 down: Guards causing endless ruckus about … revolt (10)

    This one was cute. It is an anagram of “dots (…) + “causin” (causing endless) => custodians. Nice.

    I don’t have any idea about 28A either. Nor how qa = pontoon in 23D. What about 15AC? “Flat-chested woman chose surgical implant in seconds” = “ho-hum” … huh?

    A pity about this crossword; a number of flawed or doubtful clues… 6A (die = cubes ?!) 11A (rut = fixed habit ?!), 19A (tip for audience = lis(z)t ?!), 3D (b-bady = b ?!), 13D (weightlifter = jacks ?!).

  4. 23 Down – Pontoon is another name for the card game 21. Q A is queen and ace.

    15 Across uses every second letter of ‘chested woman chose surgical implant.’ At first I thought ho-hum referred to flat chested woman and was a little disappointed with DA, but then realised it only refers to ‘flat’. All is forgiven.

    Not as much fun as last week’s.

  5. Actually, I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s.

    For instance, pontoon = qa I like thoroughly now that it’s explained.

    And the balloon clue works like this: b = b, badly needing air = limp and b-badly needing air = blimp = baloon.

    Also, weightlifter = jack, not jacks, because fights = spar + row.

    Liszt remains the mystery, although rut = fixed habit I’m not completely against.

    And thanks for the help.

  6. Yeah, you’re right about Jack.

    My “weightlifter = jacks = the ones that lift your car up” was more a general, and badly organised, comment on how a weightlifter = a jack.

  7. I think “tip for audience” for the audience is intended to be a homonym + indicator. tip = list, while “for audience” indicates it is a sound-alike for Hungarian scorer=Liszt.

  8. I think this week’s was a goodie.
    28across is , I think , a gem. “legal” = “licit”, the “gist” or core of that word being”c” which is the Roman numeral for 100. Increase that tenfold and you get 1000 or “m”. Hence LImIT. Great stuff!

  9. Goddamn, Limit is brilliant. I’m glad I wait until my confusions are sorted out before typing up the DA Gold.

    Tip = list I don’t understand. I’ve been trying to find a synonymous link but have got nothing. I also dislike Hungarian scorer’s = liszt. I’m a pedant about these things, and, for me, it should be hungarian scorer’s = liszt’s or hungarian scorer = liszt.

    I might have to put that into DA Bullshit.

  10. If a boat lists, it tips to one side. I think that is your synonym. I didn’t get it at the time but Lizst was the only Hungarian composer I could think of.
    Thanks AL for clarifying ‘limit’.

  11. I tell you what, doing cryptics has greatly improved my nautical vocabulary.

    If I can be bothered, I might write a post detailing the preponderance of nautical terms in cryptics.

    Thanks JD, and thanks Michael.

  12. For 11 Across,

    in a RUT = a fixed habit / mode of operating
    +H for Heroin
    gives RUTH

    And as far as Die’s go I am rolling in them

  13. I didn’t do very well on this one, but I am enjoying the discussion nevertheless. This DA looks to have been a beauty.

    I love 28 across! This trick/clue type (“increase tenfold the gist of” meaning “change the middle letter from C to M”) reminds me of a DA clue back on 12 Sep 2008 when by means of the indicator “one covering uni” a U was changed to an I, and hence “brutish” was transformed to “British”.

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