I really enjoy a good DP crossword and I tend to do one maybe once a month or so. Yesterday happened to be one such day, but it wasn’t such an enjoyable experience, and I’m posting this because I want to know if I’m right to feel aggrieved.
20 down: Bill’s representing mail users (7)
The answer is posters, but that means bill’s = poster’s and the apotrophe is dropped. I know the convention is that apostrophes aren’t marked in the letter count, i.e. George’s is (7) and not (6′ 1), but is what DP did in this clue taking things too far? I certainly didn’t think so.
8 down: What dentist is doing at end of day’s play? (7, 6)
The answer: drawing stumps. What does that have to do with a dentist?
22 down: Copper gets charged when domed (7)
I was confused on this one for a very long time: the answer is cupolar, which means gets charged = polar or charged = polar and gets is what I would consider an unfair link word. Either way, charged = polar and gets charged = polar seem highly dubious to me. Am I right to feel aggrieved here?
18 down: Draw in a westward direction (3)
The answer is draw in = tow = a westward direction. But am I the only one to find a westward direction = tow highly iffy?
15 across: Tools for the sewer bugs (7)
No complaints on this one: I just wanted to finish on a good note. This one’s a glorious piece of subterfuge that I’ll let you guys work out.