The Confusion (5th of September)

I’m so very perplexed: I had many answers solved, but without the slightest of explanations that would justify my writing in the answer.

Anyway, the confusion:

6 down: Cars handle speed? (7)

Here, I figured cars = traffic, but I could figure out nothing more.

22 across: Small drink accompanies nut griddle cake (4, 5)

I had never heard of a drop scone, so I thought it was a figment of my crossword-solving imagination that drop scone was the answer before Monday’s Age was published.

12 across: A need for Rolls roof ending glare? (5)

As possible answers, I had traffic and chocolate as cross clues giving me f_o_r to work with. In that, I thought only flour was possible, which seemed exceedingly unlikely given the clue and provided further proof that I knew nothing in this crossword. Then I got The Age on Monday.

19 across: Flying, don’t neglect initial logging (2, 3, 4)

Does flying = on the wing? I really don’t know.

7 down: In hamper, loathe eating crackers over cake (9, 6)

I figured chocolate was involved, but I never got out chocolate ripple as the answer, and I don’t completely understand why.

13 down: Mother of Cockney pet shows where to find Ajax? (9)

I happily figured this one out: Mother of Cockney pet = dam + hamster – h = amsterdam = where to find Ajax.

Did you notice what I did in the explanation? I put the dam after the amster without good reason. Is there a good reason for doing so that I’ve missed, or was this just a mistake?

15 thoughts on “The Confusion (5th of September)

  1. re 7D: this was actually one of my favourites, although as mentioned before it almost gave me a headache, so convoluted was it. Anyway , it goes like this:
    In hamper (=CRIPPLE) loathe (=HATE) eating crackers (=LOCO) over(=OCOL) gives ChOCOLate RIPPLE. phew!

  2. 12A: A need for Rolls=FLOUR (you need flour to make (bread) rolls)
    roof ending=F
    glare=lour (it’s in the dictionary!)

    19A: Yes. It’s a term used to describe birds in flight.

  3. 13D: The “dam” is the “mother” of “amster”. Amster dam. Like Earth mother, tennis dad or Wolf Mother if you break it in two pieces.

  4. I couldn’t get Amsterdam. Forgot about hamsters and didn’t know about the Dutch soccer team. Tried to think of somewhere the Greek hero might have been found. Plus I was thrown by thinking at first that 18 Across was amati (Final stanza=a, intermittently meant violin=mati. An Amati is a kind of violin. Then I worked out that bleeding obvious was, as it were, bleeding obvious, so amati was wrong, but I failed to persist after that.

  5. Re 18A: Amati – hey, that’s pretty good! But I guess the alarm bells should have sounded for you with the overlapping of wordplay and definition (the “vi” from violin).

  6. 19A: don’t neglect initial =ONT. logging = HEWING and so ON THE WING.I confirmed this means flying or travelling, so he’s spot on with this one.

  7. Do you people realise that the Saturday cryptic competition in the SMH is now based on the DA cryptic you are discussing answers for? Of course people from Victoria or those who have access to the Age could always cheat by checking the answers in Monday’s Age and then sending the answers in to the SMH – there must surely be a few who do that just for fun. I think SMH will generally get a lot less entries now however – and they certainly won’t be getting any more from me :-( I do wonder why SMH has a competition and the Age doesn’t, in any event?? They are asking for trouble :-)

  8. Not so, Jo, the competition is on Mondays. Today’s was nowhere near as hard as DA’s Saturday.

  9. ok, well that has changed then as a result, as it was always on Saturdays in the past.

  10. Nice work, all of you, thanks.

    But I’m still at a loss for DROP SCONE.

  11. 22A: Small drink=DROP
    nut=SCONE as in head (noun). Or maybe headbutt(verb)?
    DROP SCONE=griddle cake

  12. Yeah. I thought that was a bit dodgy too. The best I could come up with was OT=old testament, so O=old.

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