DA for the 30th September, 1st of October, 2011

It’s a weekend full of excitement: three years of couplehood is celebrated, the AFL year culminates and another DA comes our way.

Here’s hoping for a good one to mark the occasion.

Aside: RC is in Laos at the moment, and I’m going to Macau in November, and those two words in my head surprised me: Laos and Macau rhyme (is Laos the only case in English of a silent s at the end of a word?)

Note: no spoilers on this particular thread until Monday.

Update: An enjoyable one:

Didn’t get them all, but got most out before resorting to cheating.

And now, put me out of misery: what is CAPTAIN NEMO referencing? CAPTAIN NEMO was the captain of a submarine, but the submarine’s title was NAUTILUS.

Or is it meant to be read as IN SUB TITLE, i.e. the title of the person in the sub?

17 thoughts on “DA for the 30th September, 1st of October, 2011

  1. I enjoyed many of DA’s clues today. Particularly 13D 18D and 20D which were all “aaah” moments.
    Not quite sure about the wordplay for some of them (eg 24D, 28A) but it’s probably my fault.

  2. AS: “Is Laos the only case in English of a silent s at the end of a word?”
    Er … no. Probably most (all?) such words have foreign origins of course, but so does your example.
    debris, apropos, Illinois, bourgeois, jus, precis …

  3. Had fun with today’s crossword. Particularly liked 13d – a lightbulb moment when solved :)

  4. Ah, if only I had used a word with a silent s while writing about my silly speculation — how dunderheaded of me!

    Nonetheless, rhymes like Laos and Macau, bourgeois and schwa, precis and see, are really strange for looking so unlike rhyming words.

  5. Good fun today – 12A, 22A, 28A, 29A, 13D and 18D were particularly good!

  6. And AS … congratulations on the three year anniversary, too. Does that mean you started the DA Trippers just before you got married, or, at least, just before whatever event “three years of couple hood” referenced?

  7. This filled in my weekend nicely – a slow start on Saturday, picked through it on and off over the weekend, and finished it off in the car on Sunday afternoon (as a passenger). First in was 3D which falsely led me to believe it was going to be a walk in the park. Last in 24 D. Lots of “D’oh” moments

  8. DA Trippers started a few months before the three years of couplehood began — an auspicious event that is celebrated each year on the night before the Grand Final.

    And the three years marks the occasion on which my partner/de-facto/girlfriend/honeybunny was officially my partner/girlfriend/honeybunny (de-facto had to wait a couple of years).

  9. @RobT: ?

    @AS: 13D doesn’t bear particularly close inspection. Nemo’s title was “Captain”, not “Captain Nemo”, but the beauty of using “subtitle” to mean “title of person on a submarine” buys DA a little leeway.

  10. @Gayle: I am sure the sardines do it outside the sub, when playing a game.

  11. I took ‘title’ to be a synonym for ‘(literary) work’.

    It is used twice in the sense I mean in the following passage.

    ‘James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists.’

  12. but the title of the book wasn’t Captain Nemo, nor was it the name of the sub. Even so it wasn’t a bad clue, still gave me a bit of a laugh when I worked it out. I’m happy to forgive DA for this one. Not quite gold due to these imperfections, perhaps silver or bronze?

  13. Although I like the CAPTAIN NEMO, it didn’t come off neatly and it left me thinking my reasoning on the clue wasn’t right.

    And RobT, she was the squeeze right at the outset three years ago.

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