Confusions from DA’s 19/20th Feb Edition

Anything unexplainable?

Spoilers are expected, of course.

19 thoughts on “Confusions from DA’s 19/20th Feb Edition

  1. Explanations, please:
    25A: assuming “sting” is the last 4 letters, how is “captured” the first three?
    9D: How is second word “books”?
    22D: “runners” fits, but no idea why.

    And dislikes: “Sweet” in 28A is kind of a distant second-degree-of-separation reference. And while 4/26D is brilliantly hidden (took me a while even when I had the theme), there’s no actual signifier for the hide.

  2. 9D: the books are ‘over’
    22D: not runners
    4/26D: ‘In’
    28A: definitely a dessert

  3. 25a: Hep, as in groovy, is signified by “in,” making “captured” a filler word, signifying not much.
    4d, 26d: if the “in” part of Indian is being used as the containment indicator, he has taken the “ruse” too far!
    22d: think of a well-known Scottish sporting club.

  4. Thanks, Peter & Ian.

    22D: how did I overlook them?

    9D – that’s subtle, “over” having a double meaning when it’s a down clue. Don’t especially like “aspiring” as a reversal, though – I think DA has used it before. And I think he could give the references to self a rest for a while.

    28A – should have realised the dessert connection. I was thinking of a hush-hush 1960s Bette Davis vehicle.

    Happy with 25A, but like Ian think the In-dian is a stretch.

    All that said, as I wrote in the other thread – a very good DA.

  5. 4D/26D: I think the In-dian ruse is similar to c-and-y, no-t, and even out-right, so I’m OK with it, so far. I do wonder how far DA will take it, though.

    10A: hope=goal. Not quite right for me.

    14A: Never heard of the abbreviation DUI until now. Must get out more.

    5D: Didn’t like “initiative” to signify the opening letter. (It means first move not first letter)

    17D: Isn’t Oman a sultanate rather than an emirate?

  6. RB: mmm, not sure on “initiative”. It’s one of those that exemplifies the fine balance between a compiler’s licence to mislead and responsibility to play fair.

    Oman: yes, well spotted. Definitely a straight-out error there.

  7. I feel a tad silly having *completed* the crossword … but how does 29A/15D work?

    Having solved most of the other non-theme answers and guessed 1A, 11A, 16A,& 236A from the checked lights and/or word play, I eventual spotted the hidden answer to 4D/26D, Googled that person to find out who the heck he was, and went oh!

    But I have no idea how the wordplay for 29A/15D works!

  8. 29A/15D is brilliant!
    star = CATE BLANCHETT
    models support outright open slather = TT support CARTE BLANCHE (minus the R)

  9. DA has chosen three different ways to refer to Cate Blanchett. Most references are to 15D, a couple are to 29A, and one is to 29A 15D. Why the variation?

  10. 6A: Is it really EGGS? Damn! Yet again I fall into a right-but-wrong trap.

    Spurs, say, take the stuffing out of gunners (4)

    “take the stuffing out of gunners” = GS

    “say” = GEES = “spurs”

    1D: Had it arse-about with TOGGLED instead of BOGGLED. No wonder I couldn’t find a film called BHE AVIATOR.

  11. 20A: in ’04, CB performed as Hedda GABLER, and GABLER = (Clark) Gable, the “actor”, + R =”right”.
    21D: AMPULLA is part of the ear canal and an anagram of “up llama”.

  12. > 21D: AMPULLA is part of the ear canal and an anagram of “up llama”.

    Almost. An “ampulla” is a canal in the inner ear i.e. AN ear canal, not part of THE ear canal.

    (Thank you, wikipedia … one of the many answers I had to double check for this DA :-)

    Apologies for the pedantry!

  13. MF, my Chambers has “the dilated end of a semicircular canal in the ear”; we need help from an ENT man!

  14. Yes, JG, but A canal in the ear is not the same as THE ear canal. The latter is the “tube running from the outer ear to the middle ear”. In contrast, the ampullae are various thingies within the inner ear. (Wikipedia is your friend.)

    … actually, looking at the strict definition of ampulla, this may be a DA error (cf. emirate/sultanate):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampulla says:
    […] By extension, in scientific contexts, it may mean a dilated segment in a tubular structure. […]
    which means — backed up by the page on “Inner ear” — the ampullae are at the end of canals, but are not canals themselves. So the definition part of 21D seems bogus.

    But I doubt any of us really care anymore …

  15. Not sure if I followed all of that canal stuff! But I’ve just looked at the clue again and noticed the little word “in”. So the defintion might not be “ear canal”, but “in ear canal”.

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