Here’s where you’re shown how to get your head around the clues that seem so unhead-aroundable.
Say all you want to say about this week’s DA right here.
(No spoilers till Monday)
There’s probably gonna be a few confusions from AL’s comments, so here’s where you have them solved.
18 down: Yarn to floor in America (5)(8 after theme applied)
I’m betting I don’t know the word.
8 across: Pothead confronts delicate problem (6)
If the answer does indeed go pothead confronts delicate = p confronts light = plight = problem, aren’t plight = problem and delicate = light highly questionable synonyms?
AL has already mentioned this one’s a ripper, so now’s the time to set some time aside and have a crack.
(No spoilers till Monday)
Update: A splendid cracker:
The word from Sydney was so good on this crossword that I scanned it before I had put pen to paper. So here it is, for whomever might have missed it:
If you want the answers to the latest AS Special, they’re in the comments below.
Ever so slowly, I’ve put a clue or two away and made myself a crossword. This one should be easier than the last one I made, which was too hard, but not so easy that it’s a walkover.
Anyway, have a crack if you’re interested and the prospect of a DH tomorrow fills you with indifference:
7. Seeing part of each meal out of order (6)
8. Philanderer turned harlot into nymph (8)
9. Cultural group X reportedly in Catalonia (4)
10. Thrice do entries bamboozle Hatters (10)
11. “Exemplary echidnas stake eight!” report headlines reassuringly state (9)
13. Follow speeches from the last to the first (5)
15. Be last to raise twice: English die splits the middle (5, 2, 3, 4)
18. Ringmaster heard Kenny left the arena (5)
20. Inveigles Spooner, on a poorer wage, to head south (9)
24. Flower punch to last too long (10)
25. Second person’s essentially hurt by Rocky, yes? (4)
26. French Fleming?! (8)
27. Net embraced fashionable fork twenty years ago on computers (6)
1. View what promo left behind (6)
2. Move slowly to Bern (4)
3. Replete with sorrow, confused men fault at length (9)
4. Fasten together strips for internal support (5)
5. Golfing standards taking a turn for the worse? You can say that again (6)
6, 14. See 14 down (8)
8. Spiker smashes first five clearly (5)
12. First 17-down energised for two or more 17-downs (3)
14. See 6 down (9)
16. Novel Scotch John’s French relation (8)
17. He-man’s sister lost sibilance to an apportioned 12-down (3)
19. Drug binge confession of liveliness (6)
21. Light-fingered lord sheds pet vulgar line (5)
22. Consider the same stereo’s dials to pause sound (6)
23. Nature lover’s union success (5)
25. Northerner’s pull (4)
11 across: Heat of battle sees legend annihilate army base (6)
Super surface reading: battle sees legend annihilate army base = war sees myth annihilate y = war myth – y = warmth = heat.
12 across: Male companions pejoratively help kid’s reservation (8)
I love a good piece of slang, and this comes with two: help kid’s reservation = hand bags = handbags = male companions.
16 down: I help stars quash essentially taboo triangle (9)
Anything with maths gets my vote: I help stars quash essentially taboo = I sos celebs quash b = isosceles = triangle.
26 across: A watchful rear in men-only prison (6)
Hilarious surface reading: a watchful rear in men-only = a l in stag = stalag = prison.
19 down: Ubiquitous John a young herbivore (3)
18 across: Tail-ender (Indian mid-off) caught by famous 19-down (doe) misled into ferocious drive (5, 8)
These go a young herbivore = doe = Doe = ubiquitous John and tail-ender (Indian mid-off) caught by famous doe misled into = l Indian – ian caught by Bambi tion = blind ambition = ferocious drive.
There’s one relatively minor issue: a doe is a female herbivore, not necessarily a young one.
But as Caitlin pointed out, the actual error comes from famous doe = Bambi. Unbeknownst to a lot of us, including DA it seems, Bambi was male! Hence, he was never a doe, although once upon a time he was young.
What’s got your head in a twist?
Detwisting happens here.
17 down: Eerie Cockney maintained flush sound (8)
So what’s the answer here?
28 across: In realistic setting, plug resembles screw? (8)