DA’s Confoundings (21st/22nd of May, 2010)

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?

19 thoughts on “DA’s Confoundings (21st/22nd of May, 2010)

  1. I’ve hit the wall. I’ve got 6D and 1-4D and all of the non starred answers bar two.
    The starred clues have me a tad perplexed. 9,16 and 18D are walk up starts with the number of letters in brackets but am struggling with the extra letters required.
    In desperation am looking for words that fit, think i have two and am trying to define the theme.

    There’s always tomorrow, have to stop now i’m getting a headache

  2. Or, JJ, you will notice that there is a common letter in each of the * (short) answers you have so far. Now read 1, 4 D again, out aloud …

  3. Thank you Al and Peter, one of the words i had that fitted was 16D, it now makes sense, do i get a pre decimal note in place of the last letter of the obvious.

  4. Amazingly, I have not one complaint about dodgy clues this week. I just thought I should post that here. Two words (13D, 18D) I was unfamiliar with. That’s all.

  5. Fantastic (apart from the excess bold mistake in 1,4 down)!
    We’ve enjoyed it although it’s taken most of the afternoon. We’re stuck on 9D, 14A and 17A. Got the definition words and worked out the theme but struggling to find the ‘extra’ letters… any hints?

  6. 9D: It is appropriate that you are stuck on this one!
    14A: The 1 down for this clue is 9 down at the moment!
    17A: Look out for an anagram, if you can find it amongst this very long clue!
    I trust these three hints help …

  7. Got the acrosses – just the 9D I can’t get, unless ‘anna’ is something to do with 1,4D?

  8. Sorry, ignore the above, it’s 18D that I can’t get.
    Thanks for the hints Peter – the one for 14A is worthy of DA!!

  9. jo, yes it is. which is something i learned from doing this weekend’s sunday times! god bless doing multiple crosswords concurrently. The final answers for 13D and 18D were new words for me too.

    Re 16D: i got this answer from the “crooner” part, and had to google to confirm. but my cursory googling suggests c is IN s. can someone fill me in? (i’m from melbourne, haven’t been to sydney for years)

  10. Jo, apparently the anna is an old Indian coin.

    I thought (and still do to some extent) that the clue for 1D/4D was the “wrong way round”. My reasoning is that “making Vincent vino” means “cent” -> “o”. But I suppose it could be interpreted the other way round if you assume an implied “into” just before the “Vincent”.

    20A: IMB? IBM? Could be either, but IBM seems better to me.

  11. I’m with you MF. I don’t know Sydney and had to Google. And that suggests Como is IN Sutherland Shire. But apparently Sutherland is also a suburb and maybe this suburb is separate from and “close to” Como.

  12. RB, Como (the suburb) is close to Sutherland (the suburb) and on the Sutherland railway line (Como – Jannali – Sutherland). It’s famous for its railway bridge that was close to falling down a few years ago.
    18D is ‘stannary’ (thanks to One Look Dictionary), yarn = story, and ‘floor in America’ = story (yes, they do spell it that way). Add in ‘anna’ which as RB points out above is a coin, and remove the ‘o’.

  13. AS, re your queries:
    16D: I had to dig deep into the memory banks for this one and then confirm it by googling – it’s STANNARY – “anna” inside “st(o)ry”. It’s related to tin (as in stannic), and refers to a tin mine, or tin-mining regions (esp. Cornwall and Devon), and courts and parliaments connected to tin mining.
    8A: I agree – but I’ve been on about DA’s questionable synonyms for some time now, so I won’t go on about it again.

  14. Just tackled & completed today — very nice. (Although I wouldn’t have got stannary w/o Jo/RB’s hint of ‘anna’.)

    One question re. 12A: ‘EFTPOS’ == ‘Debit card option’ (I assume!), but how does ‘remaining open after finishing early’ work as a charade?

  15. That one’s a very tricky one which I would not have worked out without the cross letters.

    It goes like this:

    remaining = left
    remaining open = eft
    after = post
    after finishing early = pos

  16. I don’t regard those synonyms in 8A as being at all dodgy – they’re fine! A plight is a difficult situation, which is obviously a problem. As for light = delicate, it’s just a typical DA choice: not the most obvious synonym, but entirely legitimate. You might describe a flavour in a recipe as being light, meaning delicate, or an aroma in a perfume, or perhaps – especially this – a tender (light, delicate) touch.

  17. Between the stuff-ups in printing, DA mistakes, and the need to be able to read the compiler’s mind by studying his faeces, NO-ONE could reasonably be expected to solve these puzzles.
    I only get one cryptic to do each week. Please put DA in the edition that no-one buys ie Mondays or Tuesdays. I want a do-able cryptic. You lot can get your jollies poosifting any day but Saturday.

  18. I hear your pain Joe. Yes, DA cryptics are challenging, and take a while to ‘get’.
    However, they certainly are do-able, although this week’s puzzle was probably not a good place to start. Try and get hold of the answer on Monday, and by looking back, coming to this site and reading the comments, gradually you should be able to work them out. Hopefully, then you will see the light and who knows, you might become an addict like the rest of us.
    We have no control over their placement, they used to be on Friday in both Melbourne and Sydney, but the powers that be have decided that Sydney can get them on Friday, and Melbourne must wait until Saturday. Can you change your paper day to Thursday perhaps? That generally has a do-able cryptic, and you get the green guide as well.

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