The Gold (from 11/12th of December)

6 across: Pack Quadrant? (4)
Deliciously DA: quadrant = south to west = S to W = stow = pack.

10 across: Unit 2D (4)
Excellent: 2D = two dimensional = flat = unit.

14 down: CSIRO’s set nominee partly backed radical educator (10)
Wonderfully-well hidden: CSIRO’s set nominee partly backed = CSIRO’s set nominee partly backed = Montessori = radical educator.

20 across: … deadly weapon, said to be a lone toy (7, 5)
DA makes the best aural clue (and the most questionable): said to be a lone toy = said a sole trifle = assault rifle = deadly weapon.

3 down: Misguided nature seizing Central Australia, poorly reflecting on us! (5, 7)
Career-best &lit that is even better than last week’s career-best &lit: misguided nature seizing Central Australia, poorly reflecting on us = misguided nature seizing r, ill reflecting on us = terra nu lli us = terra nullius = misguided nature seizing Central Australia, poorly reflecting on us.

25 across: Curtailed accord if a felon joins our neighbourhood (7, 3)
Nice: curtailed accord if a felon = curtailed pact if 1 crim = pacific rim = our neighbourhood.

1 down: Vietnamese detained celeb (4)
Exceptionally easy once you know the answer: Vietnamese detained = Vietnamese = name = celeb.

16 down: Vile, outré, unthinking Pom or Dane?! (9)
Is it &lit or not? I’m giving it the points for reasons I explained earlier, reasons which I freely admit are iffy: vile, outré, unthinking Pom or Dane = eurot rash = eurotrash = vile, outré, unthinking Pom or Dane.

2 thoughts on “The Gold (from 11/12th of December)

  1. AS, I can’t agree with you about 8D. Sure, it’s tidy, but it’s also pretty easy. WET BLANKET is the automatic answer to “wowser”.

    Not that “pretty easy” should disqualify a clue from DAG, just not this time.

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