Tell us of your confusions below and someone through the aether will respond.
Update: Most of my confusions have already been sorted by you find commenters already, yet I still have this one issue:
23 across: Check issue (4)
I don’t get how issue connects to the answer as stated in the comments.
Good, bad, indifferent?
I reckon it’s time for a theme. Have I guessed correctly?
(No spoilers on this post until Monday)
Update: It’s a theme all right:
Yes, this one’s a sweet delight, and an excellent head bender even when the key 4-down is put away. I’ve ultimately been held back from taking it all out with what I find most difficult: DA’s short clues.
Part of the Para Pantheon at least.
Yep, here’s another golden oldie to get stuck into:
Discuss how things go in the comments.
And remember: spoilers abound should you pull back the comment curtain!
Update: mic warns in the comments: the answer to 12A is nine letters long, not eight as the clue mistakenly states.
26 across: Harmonious threesomes finally flee such impatient coeds (9)
Brilliant trickery that must have taken a long time to think up: threesomes finally flee such impatient coeds = such – uch + impatient – ent + coeds – eds = simpatico = harmonious.
15 down: Meet single clue — not this type (3, 6)
Despite some protestations, I still reckon this one’s a goodie: single clue — not this type = run across (clue is down, not across) = run across = meet.
22 across: Retired killer gets yonks, strangling flash braggart (9)
Mo seems to be DA favourite of late: retired killer gets yonks strangling flash = retired cain age strangling mo = retired cainamoge = egomaniac = braggart.
21 down: Vaults hoisted by one charter plane (3-4)
Very clever indeed: vaults hoisted by one = atria hoisted x 1 = air-taxi = charter plane.
14 down: … against ex-follower (9)
Such terse elegance: against ex = con former = conformer = follower.
3 down: Stalks onstage, it’s said? (7)
I was too busy thinking of homophones to get this one: onstage it’s said = rhubarb (what actors say on stage to mimic the sound of indistinct background conversation) = stalks.
12 across: Exercise Bureau regularly provides flirtatious apparel (4-2, 3)
A welcome return to the racier side of DA’s oeuvre: exercise bureau regularly = push-up bureau = push-up bra = flirtatious apparel.
4 down: I crack baseball side, well trimmed for online photo (9)
Awkward and bullshit in my book: I crack baseball side, well trimmed = me gap IX well – wl = megapixel = online photo.
A pixel is a little dot that gets coloured to portray an image. Get a whole bunch of them together coloured in a certain way and you have a photo.
The problem: Humans are a collection of atoms. Arrange them in the right way and you have a human. Nevertheless, if I saw human = atoms, I’d say bullshit, just as I say online photo = megapixel is bullshit too.
6 down: Flag emission source (7)
This one is flag = exhaust = emission source.
Not sure about whether flag = exhaust is bullshit or not, though. I think yes one minute, then no. Either way, it’s debatable.