DA Confusion for the 19/20th of November, 2010

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46 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 19/20th of November, 2010

  1. It’s ‘previous’ (EX) with the ‘v’ (LAV-ENDER) multiplied by 20, Roman numeral-style.

  2. JS – I’m afriad I still can’t see 11A? Also, I’m guessing 1d is ‘act-up’ and 20a is ‘one-way’ but not sure how to get there?

    Enjoyed 3d, 19d and 27a this week. 15d was a bit obscure for me, not up on my seekers’ band-members!

  3. Can someone explain how 10A is ‘bucketloads’. I get the zillions of dollars but not the ‘deal rent internally’.

  4. Jonathan – anagram of ‘to deal’ inside ‘bucks’.
    Sam – substitute the v in previous with c.

  5. Sam – act-up is dropping the birdie (hen) from ‘then’ to give ‘t’, in a tournament (a cup). One-way has me stumped. As does 28D.

  6. The way I understand 11a is that the definition is dear giving precious which is fair enough. Ex’s refers to the word previous but you replace the letter v (lav-ender) with the letter c (twenty times v in roman numerals). This is all very ingenious but how does ex’s mean previous? Why the apostrophe s? Am I missing something more obvious.

    PS Got 1d (act up) a slightly different way. I thought birdie referred to the letter t (t-bird) and you dropped it into the tournament (a cup) with the word “then” redundant. I think GB’s explanation is probably correct.

  7. But isn’t it the fun of DA to see the obvious answer (one way) and then try and work out what he’s on about?! i.e. Won and Weigh. And all these signs for homophones – they are never-ending!

  8. Help!
    I need 14D to finish.
    I’m staring at _E_E_T/_O_T but can’t get it. Ditch could be MOAT, shoe could be BOOT. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Thought 19D was clever. Had me picturing the good reverend coming out of the hairdressers!

  9. mrigeoy – think of ditch as abandon, rather than moat, and discharge as boot for a type of shoe…

  10. Is he using dollars twice in 10a (for both definition and wordplay), or is the definition just meant to be 6d? That would still sort of work, but I don’t much like it.

  11. Thanks Sam. Pretty obvious when you see it! I Had also thought or REJECT for ditch which didn’t help!

  12. This one took me three cups of coffee to get out.
    After my postings a few weeks ago about accessing DA while overseas, the best deal I found was subscription to SMH Smart Edition for $18 per month. Now that I am overseas, when I accessed the website yesterday I found an offer for ‘Overseas customers’ for $1 per week (with the proviso that you have an overseas address).

  13. 3D: BYI (“next to one”) “lodging” inside BASH (“hit”), to give BABYISH (“juvenile”)

    5D: “extremes on radiator and fuel gauge” = C(old) H(ot) E(mpty) F(ull) = CHEF

    7D: The ellipsis refers back to the last word of the previous clue (isrAEL), which when “partly switched” gives LEA. This use of the ellipsis is like last week’s – see last week’s debate thread. I hope AS is impressed that DA has shown some consistency!

  14. JL, you ask whether the definition for 10A is “zillion” or “zillion dollars”. I’m sure it’s just “zillion”. So “dollars” isn’t doing double duty. And I think it works: “zillion” and “bucketloads” both mean a very large number, and not necessarily referring to money.

    I have a minor quibble: 26A seems to be T (“last to want”) after (“under”) CO “firm”, which would be fine for a down clue but doesn’t quite work for an across clue IMO.

  15. Have to take issue with 15A. Moonshine is “hooch” (and a Dutch painter)or “hootch” and not Bosch (even though he’s a Dutch painter too). German starter motor or gernerator a better clue!

  16. RB,

    Zillion and bucketloads aren’t the same. There’s an easy test – just substitute one for the other in any sentence. For equivalence you’d need to say “zillions”.

  17. Pi,

    Moonshine can mean nonsense, therefore bosh, sounds like Bosch. Never assume DA will use the obvious definition of a given word!

  18. Zillion is an indefinite amount, if I had a zillion marbles would I have bucketloads or a bucketload. Depends on the size of the bucket I reckon.

  19. If I had a bucketloads marbles? Doesn’t work no matter how big your bucket is. Feel free to write a sentence where it does work.

  20. uhhh, I’m still lost with ditched shoe thing. Also, can’t get the Score six clue either, any hints please?

  21. I agree with you, Stig. Zillions works, zillion doesn’t quite work. “Zillion” needs to be preceded by “a”, “bucketloads” needs to be followed by “of”.

    The best attempt I could muster was in answer to the question “how many marbles do you have?”, you might say “a zillion” or “bucketloads”. In this example the only difference is the indefinite article, which might be good enough for some.

  22. NT, DESERT BOOT was the last one I got too!

    As for 20A, try an anagram of: SCORE VI I TEN.

  23. Stig, I know where you’re coming from. My last post was an old mathematicians poor attempt at humour. 10A, in its incorrectness, worked for me and I gave it no further thought.

  24. I’m on JJ’s side here. In the strictest definition of the words, you may have a point, However, DA often leans toward common usage. So, if my neighbour said he’d won A ZILLION dollars, I’d ask for a loan, saying “You can afford it – you’ve got bucketloads”. Also, given that a zillion is an enormous number, a zillion of almost anything would surely fill more than one bucket (past a certain size they cease to be a bucket any longer – a vat, perhaps), so by sheer definition a zillion must be bucketloads.

  25. The above explanation makes it just about acceptable, I think, but grammatically ZILLION and BUCKETLOADS certainly aren’t equivalent.

  26. Sandy, I like the way you think. The majority of people I know speak in the vernacular. One exception was my mother, who was a stickler for grammar. I don’t think she would bat an eyelid if I described a zillion as bucketloads.
    Stig, you are right it’s not grammatically correct, but if it works in the vernacular, that’s good enough for me

  27. The explanation for 11A had me totally stumped, although it had to be “precious”. Absolutely brilliant, DA. Well done, JS.

  28. Can someone please (begging) tell me where to find these DA crosswords? SMH and Age seem to have only the Guardian cryptics these days. I do miss being confounded once a week.

  29. Jane, the DA crosswords are in Friday’s SMH and Saturday’s Age. The midweek crosswords aren’t Guardians(at least not in the Age), but are set by a different compiler each day, identified by their initials.

  30. Ah so it must be the printed version then, not the online version. One used to be able to get them online, but now it’s just the Guardian, which is good, but not the same as home grown. I’ll hie me to the newsagent, pronto.

    Many thanks for the prompt answer, JD

  31. Jane, I’m accessing the SMH Smart Edition, and it has the Aussie compilers (I would assume that the Age has a similar e-copy system).

  32. 4D: “Vitamin” = A
    “meals-between-meals include copyright” = BRUNCHES include C = BCRUNCHES
    “tummy routine” = AB CRUNCHES

    12A: “Creep” = TIPTOE
    “drag, we hear, following advice” = TOE (homophone of tow) following TIP

  33. Many thanks, Peter, I see my problem now. I used to subscribe to the crosswords (when it was $40 per annum) but having retired, I let the sub lapse. Thus, I don’t have access to the SMH smart edition. Cost is a bit steep for me unfortunately, but I really appreciate the information. Went to newsagent today to buy the SMH for the DA puzzle (my favorite) and will just continue to do that, I think.

  34. Jane, you can buy an individual copy of the SMH or the Age online edition for $2 for a weekday or $2.50 for the Saturday. Obviously if you want the DA you go for SMH on a Friday, which is what I do.

  35. Or if, like me, you are a complete cheapskate and you want to minimise your paper usage, then you could go to your local library and photocopy the crossword from their copy of The Age/SMH.

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