May 2nd, 2014: Have your DA Confusions sorted out

Get your May confusions on.

88 thoughts on “May 2nd, 2014: Have your DA Confusions sorted out

  1. Not too hard today. I had a few lucky guesses and it helped. Not too sure on wordplay for 21a though.

  2. I knew it was going to be a good day when 1A & 4A solved themselves as soon as I looked at them.
    Andy, 21A- Struggle (1,2,6) about backwards place (3,4,5) linked to speed (7,8,9,10)
    Have we had 27A before?

  3. All out rather more quickly than usual.
    Like Ian and Andy Wain, I was somewhat confused about my answer to 16/2o.

  4. Agree with above comments; it took me longer to finish yesterday’s than it did today.

  5. Late start today, getting paper 0820. Saw three easy ones (4 & 6D, 12A), feeling vertry weak and weary, may not get much more done. Shopping to do. May go to gaol in near future, for publishing a trenchant criticsm of Moh’s mob. I’d only last one day, I think. Must go shop now, will look in again later.

  6. Thanks arthur, just got 12
    Fridays my day off so a bit brain dead! Still don’t get 21…

  7. Not happening for me either.Clues for 1a&4a may get me started.Any help appreciated.

  8. 1a 1st word is definition
    4a words one to three is definition (sort of, anyway).
    Although I have them, I’m not sure of wordplay for 9a, 2d, or 16 d.

  9. It is a bit cheeky of DA to have the same answer to 1D in both the cryptic and the quick crosswords.
    I’m not sure of quite a lot of wordplays today!

  10. LJ, 16D: take “GO” off a word that means the same as 24A and substitute with “TAX” that has been cut.

  11. LJ 9A: forsaken is letters 3-6 (an old-fashioned term); surrounded by a word meaning the same.

  12. Have added only 15A, back fromshopping, time to prepare lunch. Can someone tell me what the 16’8” in 16A, 20D relates to? Or am I looking for an Italian composer?

  13. LJ 2D; the first four letters are the surname of a character called Walt in a TV show (which I’ve never seen). The next four mean “bite”. The second word is a word by 16A/20D. The whole answer, as you probably have it is a “stealing air”.

  14. Thanks LJ & MJH. 1a still escapes me. Maybe some cross letters wrong.Liked 14/19,7d 15a and 24aand26a. Agree,Ann about some word plays 8d, for example ,I found by guesswork only.

  15. megse, 1A sounds like a Russian novelist and means oafish, although in a nicer way. I think that oafish is more derogatory than the answer.

  16. Thanks again Mort. The clue would have made more sense to me if it read:
    …. on 20D miss giving air.
    I needed Google to understand wordplay for 8d

  17. Most out, but struggling with a bit if word play. I think I have answers for 8d and 10a, but no idea how. Can’t get 22a at all, even with cross letters. Also missing 13d and 21a. Any help appreciated.

  18. I think I have a rather macabre answer for 13d now, but no idea how the word play works.

  19. Sandy, for 8D think of a Blair other than Tony. Remove the “right” and add in “poorly-reduced”. As others have noted, the answer was easier to get by guessing and cross letters, only then working out how to achieve it.

  20. Help with wordplay for 14A/19D please!
    Enjoyed working out 10A – it took me time to get to the end.
    BTW it may have been the paper, not DA, that dropped the zero in 16A/20D

  21. 13D is a jocular reference to undoing what Mozart does, and it also means “turns” as in goes off. As you said, rather macabre.

  22. I’ve gotten 9A and…that’s the only one I’m confident on. I was feeling so good after nearly finishing Tuesday’s. Crashing down to newbie again. Just tell me if a lot of this is very Australian centric, please. 16A/20D is this a real name or a stage name? I have no shame in googling everything.

  23. Thanks Mort, I didn’t know he was Blair.
    Still need help with 22a and wordplay of last part if 10a and all of 13d

  24. Lyvvie, not too Oz-centric. 15A is but even British people know 2D and the meaning of 6D.

  25. My new computer, fitted with Windows 8 (donated by an old friend), gives me the horrors. The old XP was vastly superior in some aspects. To go to Wordfinder on this one, I have to close DA Trippers f irst. Horrible! I don’t knowm any Australian performers, so the 2,000 inches, or 5080 cm, is meaningless to me. How does it relate, please?

  26. Thank you, Sandy, will chase that in Google. Have finished top half, so half to go.

  27. I have 16A/20D and 2D – got 2D by just not thinking and looking at letters. The start of the clue makes little sense to me except 20D + “miss” which got me there. Thanks again, Mort, you really helped.

  28. Sandy, my Google search only threw up Tim Malchak, he is not even Australian. Is this a well-known performer? I’m too far out of date, I know Kylie Minogue, that’s about the extent of my knowledge.

  29. Arthur, you have the Tim correct. Then, as Sandy said, use the next M for the first letter of the surname, add what 5080 cm is 2000 of, then a two-letter word for home.

  30. Have it out – must have been on DA’s wavelength today – although I think the definition aspect of 21A is a bit iffy. Liked 6D, 13D and 26A.

    Mike – wordplay for 14A, 19D. 14 A letters 1-6 synonym for ginger (sort of), letters 7 – 11 “money”. 19D letters 1 and 5-7 “bars” and letters 2-4 “extravagantly”

  31. Thanks, Mort, had just about given up on that one. Will read Google on him, didn’t see that name when I looked before.

  32. Arthur, you’re on the right track with first 4letters and the imperial measure you referred to earlier.

  33. Thanks, megse, Mort’s clue gave me the answer, had never heard of the character. Down to last six, but time for after-dinner nap, then probably pool. Will look further later.

  34. No, addicts can’t just leave. So, a little more effort, and all is finished. Now I canRIP!

  35. 4d ?? I can”t think of a suitable word with those cross letters.
    Or 27a for that matter!

  36. Sandy, 22A, I think definition is first word. It is a reversal (roll) of a sheet used for rolling. Think Japanese cuisine.

  37. Julie 4D, definition is “saw” as in adage. Letters 1-6 could be a demonstrator, plus the edge of “kerb”.

  38. Julie 27A a word for “criminal” with the first letter changing gender. Answer is a slang word for “head”.

  39. 4d – definition is first word of clue – an unusual meaning if it, to be sure. Wordplay is Demonstrator (6) plus Kerb’s Edge (1).

    27a – take a word meaning criminal, change one letter in that word to another letter, both letters referring to a gender. Definition is first word of clue.

  40. Sandy, 10A – last two letters are from a five-letter word meaning record – think back to the sixties – with the “base” removed: three letters that are a slang term for bottom.

  41. Almost there. Have 2D but absolutely no idea of word play. Got 16A/20D very quickly, but cannot see connection to ‘miss’ in 2D, nor references to white, blue (synonym for letters 5-8?) or TV. Don’t understand what ‘salt’ has to do with letters 3-6 of 1D. Otherwise, all that’s left are 7d, 10A (which I think I have but can’t justify letter 4), 13D, 22A and 26A.

  42. Dave, Re 2D see my comment above Mort | May 2, 2014 at 11:01 am |

    16A/20D wrote a musical called after the second word of 2D.

    1D a comment two-letter abbreviation for salt (sailor) is repeated in this answer.

    10A – see my comment Mort | May 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm for my take on this answer

  43. Dave – I’m not too sure about wordplay for 1st word of 2D either but 16A/20D wrote the music for the broadway show for the second word.

    1D think salt as in sailor. Mort gave a great explanation for wordplay in 10A.

  44. Thanks, Mort and Julienne. I’ve loved what I’ve seen of 16A/20D’s work, but hadn’t heard of the musical. Certainly never heard of the TV character in 2D, and no idea how ‘blue’ fits in. Any help with 13D and 26A would be appreciated.

  45. Julienne – thank you for your help above on 14A/19D
    On 2D, as Mort says it’s about a TV character called White who cooks drugs, known as blue.

  46. Dave R – 13d – is a sort of double def. 1st 3 words, and last 2 words ,each a def. Both VERY literal.
    26a – just think what genre that show was.
    Cheers.

  47. As an aside , I read online that in Mexico , they are adding blue chemical dye to the meth, to make it look like WW’s stuff. Apparently this blue dye is making people sick (er). Interesting!

  48. Thanks, Julie. Got it all now. Obviously have to brush up on my popular culture.

  49. Just back from shops. Thanks Mort for the above. I had twigged 10a. But my knowledge of Japanese cuisine is too limited to have ever got 22a without your guidance.

  50. I really like today’s puzzle, other than the mistake about 508 cm. It reminded me of a “Wordwit” during the week, in which 907 kg equated to “ton.” I reckon that 907 kg equals 2000 lb, which is a rather short ton.

  51. 16 20 doesn’t make much sense on a surface reading and the word play is somewhat clunky having to do a length unit conversion then converting the result to Roman numerals. A variation on the indirect anagram perhaps? Do the SMH/The Age have a crossword editor? He/she would surely have picked up the “numerical” error.

  52. hello all I’m BACK!
    To say 6 across 20 down is a wonderful young satirist parodist pianist musical composer etc.
    He has appeared on Phillip Adams’s Late Night Live occupying the whole
    program, as PA loves him.
    He has scruffy streaked
    blonde/henna-ed hair and he wears eyeliner. Lots of eyeliner!
    One for the anagramists among you is his anti-racist song, “Only a Ginger Can Call Another Ginger Ginger”! Check it out on Utube!
    Thanks to Mort at 12 51 p.m. for sorting 22 across for me.
    I’m outta here happy solving!!$

  53. Loved this answer from Mort about a TV show he’s never seen:
    “LJ 2D; the first four letters are the surname of a character called Walt in a TV show (which I’ve never seen). The next four mean “bite”. The second word is a word by 16A/20D. The whole answer, as you probably have it is a “stealing air”.

    I am still in the dark about the answer to 2D, but thanks to everyone’s help above, I was able to get beyond my only answer on my own: 15a. BTW if anyone can explain the wordplay for 15a, I’d be grateful.

  54. Just back from getting Saturday paper – I do not get the wordplay for 7D or 5D. Learned new word with 21A. I was emboldened to find many of my lightly penciled in guesses were correct! I had erased and re-entered 1A/3D/1D many times thinking I had knitter’s bias and “No, it can’t be that easy,” I hate having the doubts. I really appreciate this group!

  55. All done. Unofficial OZ anthem for 2D. Doubt I’ll ever get a DA out without this group of helpers.

  56. Lyvvie, 7D “Frantically indicates anagram of “the generals”. “Seized light” means that a word for light is embedded in the anagram. That word is “land” as in a plane lighting down. The whole answer is “young hostages”. Like many clues this week, the answer was easier to get than the correct parsing.

    5D “Kick set” means an anagram of set, gives first three letters. A word for “get your goat” as in anger is the next four letters. The answer relates to the inability of a mule to breed.

  57. Took a while to get started, had to read the above for a bit of help. Had heard of 16a/20d, but would never have got it from the clue (the mistake didn’t help). Once I had that (thanks to the trippers) things started to fall into place, but got lots of other answers from wordfinders and definitions, really can’t be bothered trying to figure out his convoluted wordplays, most unsatisfying when that happens.
    1a, agree definition is a bit off. Awkward Russian author on air would be better. Still don’t have an answer for 8d, despite above hints. Can’t think of any other Blair except Tony and don’t see any point in trying to google it.
    Did like 13d, reminded me of an old Monty Python song.

  58. nn, George Orwell’s real name is Eric Blair. Remove R and replace with poorly-reduced i.e. ILL with the last letter missing.

    Just one of many clues that had very awkward parsing which could only be worked out after the answer had been guessed.

  59. Checked the answers and had 10a wrong, making 8d rather difficult! I see the other Blair now.
    Have finally worked out how stealing air is the def for 2d, but as I’d never heard of the TV show, the first part of the wordplay was no help, only got the answer from the cross letters and googling 16a/20d’s work. DA seems to watch a lot of American TV shows that I don’t.

  60. Thanks Mort, you typed as I did. Agree lots of them were awkward this week, a trend that is increasing with DA, making me wonder if I’m going to bother continuing to try to solve his crosswords. There was a lot more cleverness to them a year or so ago.

  61. well, I found that one really hard, but my brain has been slow today…
    thanks for all your comments – I always end up finishing the DA on Saturday or Sunday!

    I did like the Breaking Bad reference in 2d though – “White making blue on tv” – classic DA misdirection. For those of us who are fans of the show that’s quite clever – Walter (Walt) White is a chemist who becomes a meth cook and he makes a special ‘blue’ meth.

  62. Help. Any idea what this is!!! Today’s herald 4d. Acceptable part about East Branch location (6). U…t.

  63. @ Warren, only suggestion I can come up with is Ubiety which means having a definite location, no idea how the wordplay works though.

  64. Looks like a place somewhere. This crossword is always full of obscure words, some only found in one reference. Haven’t enjoyed solving this for quite some time.

  65. That’s the right answer nn. Acceptable = u, part = bit , east = e and branch = y. Yuk

  66. Well I thought I’d finish last week’s before you guys get this week’s DA going.
    Re: 7d I can’t recall them being hostages.

    “a person seized or held as security for the fulfilment of a condition.
    synonyms: captive, prisoner, detainee, internee;”
    There was no ransom …. ?

  67. Oh and Tim Minchin’s Storm is a great take down of people who don’t think clearly about medical advances.

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