The Last Laugh of 16/17/18th October

Holas todos desde Darwin,

I’ve added 18th of October to the asynchronicity equation, as the long suffering residents of Katherine, NT, have only just got the “international” papers today, despite paying $7.50 for them.  (For some reason they only get The Age and no SMH)

Anyway, unless you live in Katherine, hi EC, I think it’s time for some answers.

DA had the last laugh over me this week, I struggled in the Southwest corner.  Can anyone tell me 15, 23, 25 and 26 across?  And on the downs, I don’t have 1, 13 and 19.


The Good Ol’ Days (DA on the 16/17th of October)

In the years to come, I’m gonna be telling my grandchildren about the good ol’ days when the climate wasn’t blisteringly hot, newspapers were released daily on paper and the DA was published in Friday’s Age.

Perhaps I’ll also be telling my grandchildren about how good this week’s DA is.


Update: Yep, this one’s worth telling the grandkids:

da comedians were funny

As what seems to be the case with most people, the SW corner was the killer in what was a very difficult DA. I was left with four blank which should have been two. Alas, I did not venture to write my answers down for the Roman figures and the measures clue without nary of an explanation.

And am I alone in thinking he who is free of ants in his pants is not funny at all?

The Gold (from the 9/10th of October)

6 down: January, 2000? (9)

The pick of the bunch: 2000 = mm = mid summer = midsummer = January.

20 down: Felt champ gave up nothing to beat (7)

Brilliant direct clue: gave up nothing to beat = gave up nil drum = lindrum = felt champ.

23 down: Get crab from half-hearted quickie? (5)

A combination of loves: cricket and sexual double-entendres: half-hearted quickie = Siddle – d = sidle = crab.

12 across: Sick of US in alliance (6)

An anagram of such innocuous letters, it took me too long to notice what was going on: sick of US in = fusion = alliance.

10 across: Spell bounder in his cups? (11)

Dirty DA once more: bounder in his cups = cad in a bra a bra = abracadabra = spell.

25 across: Took in Matisse and Dali abstracts (11)

Who’d have thunk there’d be two artists in a single anagram: Matisse and Dali abstracts = Matisse Dali abstracts = assimilated = took in.

11 across: Dance devotee changed lead in dance (8)

I just loved the two references to dance: devotee changed lead in dance = fan changed lead in tango = fandango = dance.

8 down: Extreme gear for Nepal bluff?! (7)

A happy &lit clue: extreme gear for Nepal bluff = gr apnel = grapnel = extreme gear for Nepal bluff.

The Confusion (from the 9/10th of October)

24 down: Extra brimstone mainly built up (4)

So how does this one work?

14 down: Eels’ average speed split count, we hear (10)

Here, I’ve got average speed split count, we hear = par rate split matter, we hear = par ra matta = Parramatta = Eels.

But does matter = count work in legal contexts? As in “on the matter of…” or “on the count of…”? Is that the match?

The Bullshit (from the 9/10th of October)

22 across: Skipping task after a third of booze (3)

I’m not exactly sure of the explanation, but it goes something like this: task after a third of booze = mission after a third of booze = mission after o = omission = skipping.

The problem: skipping and omission don’t match.

Sure, skipping and omission are both nouns, but they’re different types of nouns. Skipping is a mass noun, while omission a count noun. That means you can have five or many omissions, but only much skipping.

Thus and therefore, bullshit.

Asynchronicity’s Reign (DA on the 9/10th October)

Clearly, Fairfax ain’t into Jung: DA continues to be Saturday’s Age cruciverbalist while I continue to assume he graces the SMH on Fridays.

I’m doing better at today’s DS than I did last week’s, but it ain’t no DA, and has anyone else noticed the rather objectionable synonym for girl that is used in 22 across?

Anyway, comment below.

Update: An almost!

DA omission and transgressions

A reasonable DA done in sparse moments over the weekend. Three answers eluded me, one of which made me exclaim “Get fucked!”, another “Bullshit!”

And on a sychronous note to this asynchronous DA, I had been racking my brain for a type of dance that could be the answer to 11-across before having a general read of the newspaper. I reached the climax of my newspaper-reading experience (I always leave the Opinion section to last), and the fugitive dance was found: this Shaun Carney article makes mention of a fandango!

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Golden or Bullshit or Does DA Need to Weigh In On This One? (from the 2nd/3rd of October)

21 across: Setter is crazy to retreat, grabbing spades for disaster (7)

This could be brilliant, but the two explanations put forward seem to me to be lacking something.

My own incomplete explanation, which is not the greatest, goes like this: setter is crazy = nuts am i, which somehow becomes tsunami.

A far better approach put forward by Timbo is the following: setter is crazy to retreat, grabbing spades = I’m a nut to retreat grabbing spades = tunami grabbing s = tsunami = disaster.

The reason I’m not completely happy with the Timbo explanation is the plural form of spades. Shouldn’t spades mean that two esses are inserted into tunami? Is that a valid criticism? Or am I — perhaps we — missing something?