The Confusion (from August 29th)

9 across: Old money extending speech centre in school (7)

Umm, dunno.

6 down: A-la running shoes, spiked? (5)

??

1 down: Hermit suggests element of 2- 25-down (televised host)? (9)

OK, a televised host is an anchor, but I can’t explain the ite in anchorite, the answer.

8 across: Want leader to come last with 5- 25-down (Media Watch host) (7)

The answer is Ackland. Other than his being a Media Watch host, does anyone know why?

10 down: Spooner’s two Australian golfers joined 5- 25-down (Media Watch host) (4, 5)

The answer is Paul Barry, so Craig Parry is one of the golfers referred to, but the other?

6 thoughts on “The Confusion (from August 29th)

  1. 9A – I had Educate, reasoning that old money is a ducat, between the e’s of speech. (Not totally sure about that part)

    6D – ready to kick yourself? Laced

    Cant really help with the others. I had Reclusive pencilled in for 1D, but I’ve struggled with that top corner.

    I actually like the Saturday DA, gives you a long time to work it out without the temptation of the answers the next day. Probably a bummer if you get it out quickly and want to check, but that rarely happens to me.

  2. Of course, EDUCATE! I didn’t think of school as a verb. And the two Es are definitely the centre of speech.

    LACED is quite clever. Yes, I’m kicking myself.

    WANT as LACK I just didn’t think of.

    Ted Ball — another in the long line of people who bears an aptonym.

    Nice work JD and MF.

  3. > 1 down: Hermit suggests element of 2- 25-down (televised host)? (9)
    >
    > OK, a televised host is an anchor, but I can’t explain the ite in anchorite […]

    I _think_ “suggests element” is used here to imply the form of the answer is like the name of an element. And indeed “anchorite” has the same form as things like “magnetite” and “hematite”. The only problem is that magnetite and hematite are NOT elements and there are NO elements with names ending in “-ite”.

    But “Hermit suggests mineral of 2-25-down? (9)” wouldn’t read very well, would it?

  4. Having looked up ‘octahedra”, I reckon that 21A is a beauty.
    I didn’t like 18D, ‘sheet knot’, I don’t think that phrase is used. Any sailors out there to correct me?
    I don’t understand 3D.

  5. I agree about 18D SHEET KNOT. Wikipedia has a knot called a sheet bend. And I suppose you can tie two sheets together in a knot, but the definition “it ties” is a bit tenuous.

    3D: “Despot”=TYRANT
    “executed premier couple” gives RANT

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