The Gold of the 20th/21st of August, 2010

16 across: Virgin precaution [that’s how it reads] linked to degree in weight? (7)
Great definition: that’s how it reads linked to degree in weight = SIC linked to BA in KG = SICKBAG = Virgin precaution.

21 down: Copied clothing? May initially be charged in Gen-Y vein (5)
I liked the slang, but even more so I liked the punctuation that led me astray: copied clothing? may initially = APED clothing M = AMPED = be charged in Gen-Y vein.

2 down: Brilliant 24-across (portmanteau) unchanged by pest extermination (11)
Freakin’ genius: portmanteau unchanged by pest extermination = FANTABULOUS (fantabulous – ant = fabulous = fantabulous) = brilliant.

27 across: Hippie’s advice to enjoy number? (5)
I spent a while thinking DA was being tricky and meant number in the sense of something that numbs. I should have concentrated on the simpler option from the start, which also turns out to be amusing: hippie’s advice to enjoy = DIG IT = DIGIT = number.

17 down: Rumpus room using Titanic 24-across (portmanteau) (9)
Just when you might have thought you’ve read all possible anagram indicators, out comes DA with the inspired rumpus. Like this: rumpus room using = GINORMOUS = Titanic portmanteau.

19 down: Faux pas cryptically close to dropping a beer (7)
Features one of those delightful tricks that is almost impossible to work out before the answer becomes apparent: faux pas cryptically close to dropping a = SLIP UP cryptically NEAR dropping A = PILS NER = PILSNER = beer.

4 thoughts on “The Gold of the 20th/21st of August, 2010

  1. For years I have done the dictionary cryptic in the Weekend Australian and/or DA’s cryptic in the Age. But this weekend I never even looked at the Oz and never opened the Age supplement. Reading this post I feel like a kid who has rocked up to school Monday, guilty that he hasn’t done his homework.

  2. Is this really the first week in years that you haven’t done both crosswords? That’s an impressive record.

    I’m a little busier than usual these days, so I usually wait for others’ comments before plunging headlong into the crossword.

    And what’s this dictionary cryptic in the Australian? Is it worth the price of the paper to have a go at it?

  3. No – “and/or”. And while I’ve often completed one, I never come close to completing both.

    The dictionary cryptic is only in the Weekend Australian. It is a Sunday Times import, but it’s not bad and you have the chance to win a Macquarie Dictionary.

    Here’s an example.

  4. Why did the gold appear right on the homepage? Doesn’t make it a spoiler if you don’t have to click a URL to see them :(

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