DA Bullshit for the 27/28th of July, 2012

There was a lot to like in the crossword (nonetheless to mean take the letter o out was genius), but there was one clue in particular to call bullshit on:

26A: Hands on boxes to rearrange show? (7)

DIY is a tough but fair synonym for hands on, but parsing rearrange as rear range and getting SPLA is crossing an arbitrary line into a territory that is full of indirect anagrams and other such devices of cryptic nastiness.

DA for the 27/28th of July, 2012

Last week was stupendously difficult, and I fear what this week’s DA has in store for us.

Let the magic begin.

Update: Shocked that some people thought this one was easy:

I’ve started to think everyone except me has skilled up from the tips and tricks that are explained on this website. In no way did I find this one easy, although not having heard of TIPSY CAKE, RECCE, CURATE’S EGG, STAN LAUREL (I only knew him as Laurel in Laurel and Hardy), CHIPOLATA, ALEXANDRIA (had no idea it was a Sydney suburb) or Lisa Ho did not help.

DA for the 20th/21st of July, 2012

Yes, we’re rocking it on through the DA year, and I’m almost willing to concede defeat in the face of the recent spate of what I’ve considered exceptionally difficult crosswords from our hero and just consult the internet from the outset.

Perhaps a new world of online crossword consulting begins this weekend.

Update: An interesting idea that, in DA’s hands, proved ridiculously difficult:

Further update: And here’s a PDF version of the crossword without solutions.

DA Bullshit from 6-7 July 2012

13a.  Salmon No 6? (4)


Now that I’ve posted nice things in the DA Gold post, I can get on with my chest beating!  WTF?  PARR = Salmon?  I’ve eaten it, fished for it, I know how to say it in 4 languages and I have never heard of parr.  Wikipedia lists parr as 11th of 16 alternative names for Atlantic Salmon.

As for No 6?  Come on!  In  mid 16th century England, this might have been an acceptable definition (Catherine Parr (1512-1548) was the 6th wife of Henry VIII) but in 21C Oz, it is downright BULLSHIT!!!!

Surely something like “Henry’s 6th sounds ordinary” would have been more acceptable.


1d Her outline in verse inclined characters to welcome NSW pusher, maybe (5,10)


Sometimes DA puts in a very stretched definition and it works.  Somewhere in the archives is “He manipulates triumphantly” cluing “Muralitheran”.  Stretching it, but great (because I got it!).  But here, “Her outline” for vital statistics, I’m just not going to stand for!  Even if you accept Vital statistics = bust, waist, hips measurements (whats the dial-a-feminist hotline number?) surely these are three points on a woman’s outline and not the outline itself!

v= verse      ok, I suppose

inclined characters = italics     fine

NSW pusher = statist    WTF?  Again, maybe in pre federation Australia, one pushing for NSW to become a state in a federation, maybe even a proud Territorian in our day and age, but NSW pusher…..BULLSHIT!!!!

Also worth a quick mention in bullshit, in this otherwise great crossword, was 8a leave bath = climb out.  A bit weak, but considering the other great down clues, we’ll let it slide.

What did everyone else think?  Am I just whining?

DA Gold from 6-7 July 2012

3d. [campanologist] produces this water pipe. (4)

BONG  (double meaning, sound produced by a campanologist (bell ringer) and a water pipe).  Confirming for us that DA wasn’t always as clean cut as he seems on the TV!!!


10a. Slash [campanologist] action (6)  TINKLE 

TINKLE  (double meaning, slang to urinate and an action a campanologist might take).  OK, so I like toilet humour.