DA Platinum for the 25/26th of August, 2011

This might have to be my favourite DA clue of all time, a clue so good it surpasses Gold and deserves to be considered Platinum.

4 down: Notable bird-watcher (as he put it) an intimate bedfellow (7)
I got to thinking of Peeping Tom watching Godiva-like birds and spent a lot of time thinking SNOOPER must be the answer. Somehow, and fittingly reminiscent of a spoonerism, I flipped some letters and stumbled on SPOONER and squealed with delight.

Genius.

6 thoughts on “DA Platinum for the 25/26th of August, 2011

  1. I didn’t look for the solution but suggest the answer was SPOONER for a couple of reasons:
    SPOONER was a notable word-botcher.
    A SPOONER is an intimate bedfellow.

    I think there is no need to spoonerise it. A snooper is not really “notable” so far as I can see.

  2. But I do agree it’s an AU-right clue. Not quite on board with the Pt concept though.

  3. Yes, definitely the answer was SPOONER.

    It’s just that I got to SPOONER after thinking SNOOPER was the answer.

  4. AS, perhaps you haven’t yet realised : in your explanation of this clue, your second SNOOPER should surely read SPOONER!

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