DA Confusion for the 18th of April, 2014

Have your confusions sorted out here for the Easter break.

90 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 18th of April, 2014

  1. With not much connection between the 4 quadrants I found it a bit slow going at first. Cottoned on fairly early there was something going on with the grid and finally got 1/14. Still a few to go in SW corner. Back after a coffee.

  2. Ben & Lynne, mine was delivered as normal in Melbourne, but I don’t think that the Australian was published today, and with most shops being closed, you may be out of luck.

  3. Despite not knowing 1/14 or Nadya, it was a pretty easy one this week. Now with the Australian not out and not updating its Times crossword on line, what am I gonna do for the rests of the morning?

  4. Ahh! I get it now too. That explains a lot! I was distracted by looking at another one of 1/14’s feats. Really like the trick.

  5. Some very straightforward clues today although I don’t see the wordplay for 16D.
    Last in was 26A.
    Enjoyed finding 1/14’s.

  6. DA to me is a genius! A tomato many hurl at omissive clues. But a tome will oneday tell of this alpha tom among cruciverbalists!

  7. Finished by 10.30 but still don’t see how 1,14s feat is replicated 6 times. Please explain for this bear of little brain.

  8. Victor: Alan G. | April 18, 2014 at 9:52 am cleverly described the replication. It’s what 1/14 did: as in bisected a cat.

  9. Alan G’s entry may suggest what you need to look for. One example occurs in the second across line. I don’t want to be too obvious!

  10. Hmmm, I’ll hang out some washing and come back to it I think
    By the way, is the times x word in the australian do- able? There aren’t too many English esoterica?

  11. MJH, I do the Times crossword in the Australian every day. Most times I am able to complete it. On the whole, they’re probably harder than DA and do occasionally require a bit of English knowledge but not too much. Just looking at yesterday’s, as an example, there are only two “English” references: one to Eton School and the other to a Belisha beacon, which is a safety light that we don’t have in Oz. The rest of it could easily fit into a DA puzzle.

    The Guardian online has a free daily puzzle which is usually interesting and solvable.

  12. Took a while to get going, but then I spotted 13a. This gave me the first letter of 14d, which in turn gave me 1/14 (although the wordplay escapes me). From the hints above I see what the six things ought to be, but don’t have enough other answers to see them yet. I also don’t have 2d, which is pretty frustrating! SE corner almost done except for 26a and wordfinders haven’t been any help even though I have 3 cross letters.
    Will press on.

  13. nn – it won’t be in a word finder as such – but it is in wiki! Think concocted trademark!

    In exchange for that , any help, anyone, with the acrosses in the northwest??

  14. Have 2d now, was looking for something more specific!
    @Julie 7a, def is slips, you will find it in the first three words once their clothing has been removed. Not quite sure why he added between the covers, that seems redundant.
    10a Obama perhaps is the def as he is one of these, I don’t get the wordplay.
    I don’t have 12a yet, but as I’ve only just got 5d, I need to think about this one.
    I’ll ponder your hint for 26a

  15. Julie…
    7A is a hidden clue in true DA fashion. “Removed clothing” is an instruction and indicates the hidden nature of the clue. “Slips between covers” is the definition and is a bit of a pun.
    10A is an anagram minus 1 letter. “Obama perhaps” is your definition.
    12A is a homophone clue for a synonym of 5D. “Channel” is your definition.

  16. Is the feat repeated only 6 times ? To my mind it’s wrong to say the feat was only three-quarters complete. I reckon here it appears at least 6 more times if the feat was half or more complete. And if you go the whole way….

  17. Julie and nn…
    10A – “nuts” is an anagrind, “motorcade” is the fodder, once it “loses a wheel”.

  18. Julie your hint for 26a hasn’t helped I’m afraid.
    Also stuck on second word of 20A and on 24a, 19d, 21d and 25d.

  19. Mike, I think that the six occurrences relate to the word in question being separated by a black square, as in the last letter of 7A plus the first three letters of 9A. There are six instances like that in the puzzle: five across and one down.

  20. nn, 26A: first two letters represent a host – think of a musical show. The rest of the word means “bungling” without the final g. The whole word is a very tasty and nutritious sandwich from a well-known chain of health food restaurants, and I say that in the most sarcastic way!

  21. As so often happens, the minute I’d posted I saw 19d. This gave me a word that made sense for 20a, but I don’t get the wordplay for it, Guy’s gives my first word, but can’t see how present gives the second.
    Have two words that fit the space for 24a and give me the sixth feat, but can’t see how either fit the clue.

  22. nn, 20A second word means “present” as in presents an argument.

    24A : letters 1-3 mean dope. 4-6 are a word for a car (mainly in US but common elsewhere) less how you’d text “you” – if you’re lazy. Pontiac is a type of the answer.

  23. Thanks Mort, I’ve never sampled one of those so the definition meant nothing to me! Had also spent a lot of time thinking the first three letters of the answer formed one of the six, but as that’s not the case, I’m presuming that only the first letter forms one of the six.

  24. nn…
    24A – “a pontiac” is the definition. “dope” = 1,2,3; a four-letter word for “US car” with “you texted” taken “from” it = 4,5,6.

  25. nn, if you’re still stuck on 21D, the definition is last word (trademark). Answer is a four-letter word for “whinge” upside down, around a common two-letter abbreviation for Down Under”

  26. nn, yes in 24A and 26A, the theme is made up of the last three letters of 24A and the first of 26A

  27. @Mort, thanks for 20a, I had the wrong first letter of the second word. That might give me some hope with 21d now.
    I have 24a now and thanks to your hint. Have finally worked out the pontiac reference, very clever.
    just 21d and 25d to go

  28. All done now, 25d last in. I actually thought of this a few hours ago but was looking for a different worker. Kicking myself as he’s used this a number of times in the past.
    Still pondering the wordplay for 21d.

  29. nn, 25D: definition is first word. The worker is one of the usual two in crosswords, for letters 1-3 plus primary industry. You’ll kick yourself when you get it as it’s so easy!

  30. My take on 21D is as follows: As this is a down clue “from Down Under” is a reversal indicator for the synonym of “whinge”. This is then “about” a 2-letter description for “local”. All up giving an “antidepressant”. But I could be wrong.

  31. Yes Mort, I did. Most annoying that I thought of this answer about 2 hours ago, but wasn’t sure at the time and moved on to other clues, forgetting all about this one.
    Alan G, yes that’s my take on it too.

  32. Just as well Erwin Schroedinger only had 5 letters in his first name otherwise I might have put him in after reading Mort ‘s comment, April 18, 2014 at 10:50 am! Fortunately I got the first letter of 14d pretty early from the cross clue, so steered away from him.

  33. A bit dubious about 18d … it’s pretty much universally spelt with the last 3 letters the American way, DA spells them our way though.

  34. Computer down for most of the day, got all but nine early on,couldn’t access Wordfinder or Google. Deeply distressed by casual blasphemy of 23D, on Good Friday of all days. No excuses for that, DA, I found it disgusting.

  35. @AndrewT, I’m assuming DA is spelling 18d the American way with the last two letters being the same as letters 5 and 6, this being the repeated chant. I think here we spell it with a U as the second last letter.

  36. Picked up a few more, will leave it now. Computer really sick, at the moment, probably get a new one next weekend. If anyone wants to argue with my previous post (5.21), I’d simply refer them to the Third Commandment (Prot version). I had thought Hesisenberg was the daed/alive cat, but finally found 14D. Bye for now.

  37. @Arthur, It was certainly Schroedinger’s cat, Heisenberg wasn’t quite so sure!
    @Mort, yes 11a spelling had me foxed for a while too. I don’t think much of it as a clue either, Cockney cabin, don’t know anyone who would refer to a cabin as “h” + the answer, it doesn’t seem to even be a word.

  38. nn, 11A – it’s an English thing: a small kitchen is a kitchenette; a small house (French “maison”) is a maisonette; hence a small home could be … The question mark at the end indicates that it could be this (at a stretch).

  39. @Mort, yes with the “ette” ending, not “let”! The question mark at the end probably makes it ok even if the word doesn’t exist as it is a bit of a pun, but all up, including the American spelling, and the addition of the letter “L”, I found this one pretty clumsy. (Perhaps worse for me as I don’t eat them for breakfast!)

  40. STILL stuck on 12 , 15 , and 16 , even with your clues and most of the letters . AND can see only 5 particles across the blacks. ?

  41. Julie, yes, for the last 4 letters. The first 3 letters are given in the clue. Letters 4-7 are a 6 letter synonym for a western enclosure, think horses, minus the two outer letters (lacks fences).

  42. Done 12 & 15 , having fixed up my 2d spelling. How embarrassing. So all finished. THAT sort of sound – aargh!

  43. Arthur:
    “Computer really sick, at the moment, probably get a new one next weekend.”

    If you just wait a couple of days, Arthur, it may come back to life.

  44. Had to come here for a 26a hint (otherwise all done).
    Worked out from hints above and now I am hungry

  45. AG, that has happened. Seems my criticism of DA for using that horrible expression in 23D was unacceptable. Some people don’t like the truth. This computer wasn’t totally dead, but the historical evidence is clear that Jesus was. Roman soldiers were experts at crucifying people.

  46. Hi Mort

    Thanks very much for your response. We too struggle with the Australian times cryptic everyday, and can only marvel at the time it takes some punters to finish it.

  47. Arthur C, I am with you all the way. I too was offended by 23d, and couldn’t believe that AG would, addressing you, so trivialise the life changing events we celebrate this weekend.
    I only joined in this morning as I was at church and later with family all day yesterday. Still haven’t worked out the pioneer, even though I seem to have five of the six.

  48. OK, so I finally gave up and looked at the answer for 1d/14d. I have since found five of the six.
    I can see another possible one along the bottom. But I still have a question. How did 16d, 25d, 21d, 19d, 14d and 23d all lose their tails. I had been thinking it was something to do with a tom being a (manx) cat or the pioneer being into castrating cats or something, and they were the six. But it seems they are not. So how did they lose their tails anyone?

  49. @Sandy, I’m not sure what you are asking about ” How did 16d, 25d, 21d, 19d, 14d and 23d all lose their tails”. 16d had the first letter changed (initially adjusted) to change a word meaning sound (not as in noisy) to a word meaning countrywide. Can’t see any tails lost in the others.
    Not sure if you have correctly identified the theme. Look at the last two letters of 16d and the first two of 23d to see what the pioneer is famous for (nothing to do with cats). The other five are all horizontal in the grid. If you want another hint as to the identity of the pioneer, think what was important to Oscar Wilde and you’ll get his first name.

  50. Doh!
    Just realised what happened. The paper wasn’t delivered yesterday, so I printed the puzzle off the digital edition. And I didn’t reduce the size enough to get the bottom line of the grid in. No wonder I was confused.
    I do have the theme nn. Picked out all six. But thinking about manx cats hadn’t helped me on the way. ANd finally I know that Lithium Cyanide and Dichloropropane-dichloropropene have nothing to do with anything (read bottom line of grid)
    I just sent you a proper version Ben & Lynne.

  51. Where is Richard Dawkins when we need him ? I may send him this web address and the comments ! Jeebus H Christ !
    OmiGod is totally acceptable as a word.

  52. I find the ubiquity of 23D tiresome, but, even as an imperfect Christian, not religiously offensive, and I am certain the great majority of my Christian friends would agree with me. For the record, I found the responses of Sandy (10:49am/19-4) and JimmyDArat (7:48pm/19-4) equally head-shaking.

    I had a wry smile at AC’s 5:48pm/18-4 post. Hesitated a moment in my response (10:14) – as I did with this post – then decided that it was funny. AC, whom I like and respect from his public life here and in the letters pages of newspapers, might not find it so, but I was confident he could handle it.

    From my end, this correspondence is closed.

    I should add my annoyance with DA for the unbelievably obscure Nadya Suleman reference when there exists an English word that would have been a *perfect* fit for the cross-letters.

  53. Yes, AG I doubt many would actually know who she iswithout a search engine. The American spelling is OK with me seeing as she is American.
    The one that made me laugh was the testing location.

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