Have your DA confusions sorted out here.
I can never keep track of when The Age will publish an LR on a Monday (I think it’s every fourth week), so it’s always an especially good surprise to luck out and find one, like I did today.
This is only the third LR I’ve attempted, but they’re easily the pick of the non-DA week.
Clever clues, a wide range of tricks and some great wordplay. They’re pretty easy (I assume they have to be for a Monday publication), but they’re pretty fun.
Pick one up if you have the time for a jolly romp through a cryptic. Definitely recommended as an entree to a DA as well.
Maybe it’s just because I didn’t do very well, but I feel very grumbly about this week’s DA and feel the need to vent. So I hereby call open a DA Debate, and let’s hear your views:
1 across: Cavalier exhausted freak (4, 3)
Cavalier as a synonym of flip was very poor in my book
5 across: Alternative medicine beginning in country? (7)
I really liked alter native, but I really disliked the in that’s left hanging. In is not a valid linking word and the question mark doesn’t excuse it either. To make matters worse, in is an instruction, and I spent a very long time trying to put m inside a country to get some kind of alternative.
10 across: Boogie clobber (4)
I quite liked this one, but it seems controversial on here. Feel like venting?
15 down: Meat course all but tainted Italian white (9)
While Lambrusco can be a white, it is customarily a red, and cluing this as white just seems nasty.
17 down: American migrant puts central locking on urban train (3)
I think this clue is so bad that I fear I have completely misinterpreted it.
How does American migrant mean elk? Am I missing something here, because that seems ridiculous. I can handle the el for an urban train, just, but k is on el, which should mean kel, never elk.
20 down: Even worsted cut cloak (7)
Worsted is a noun — how can it be an anagram indicator?
29 across: Game on horseback doomed (2, 3, 2)
Doomed means for it? Huh?
No doubt, there’s some confusion about when it comes to the DA.
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