DA Confusion for the 5th of September, 2014

Have your confusions sorted out from this week’s DA right here.

94 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 5th of September, 2014

  1. Thanks Rupert. I still don’t get it..I understand nurses..just having a mental block

  2. No confusion this week, though wouldn’t have got it without Google’s help on the geography of 22A.
    25D was a bit obscure to me, too.

  3. Morning, troops! So far, just one! And a ‘lift-out’ at that. Not looking hopeful.

  4. Rupert, we must be different types becasue they were the first in for me and all those related to 22 across. All done mow, thanks for help.

  5. Have 3/4 done but slowed in NE. Liking today’s crossie as it’s fair, gettable from wordplay. Maybe it’s a case of Fridayitis and I usually quite like novel indicators, but ‘boozy’ I think is a bit too far out. I get it, but … And 17A … ‘capital’ doesn’t really equate.
    25Di is there supposed to be a reversal indicator?
    21D I initially thought was another left of centre deletion, but if I’ve got that right it’s really clever.

  6. Pity I have to go to work when I’ve got three-quarters out.
    Not sure of some wordplay, however, so look forward to reading posts when I finally get home.
    I am enjoying the theme.

  7. Oh, Thanks Ray for the second look, so ‘baked’ is doing double duty. Not bad. Was wondering how Rupert got it.

  8. I know I’m stupid, but I tried to find an anagram for ‘casualati’ in 24A. No such word, my Wordfinder says. In what way have I misread the clue?

  9. Could I have a hint for 8D please? Not having 11A isn’t helping the rest of the NE. Just got 1A which was quite good. I wonder how he’d like being called ‘old’.

  10. Ah, thanks Andy W. That Roman historian! Should have got that as I had the keen-sounding bit right.

  11. Doh! Just got 5D. I was stuck on _ optic, (skill from eye, basically) known for iconic graffiti.

  12. Never heard of 11A. Had to use an online tool. Maybe can crack the remaining 4D, 6D and 15A.

  13. All out, 15A was a chuckle, got stuck on James Dean, about the only Hollywood giant I’m familiar with. 6D was tricky, so I don’t feel so bad. and 4 D was good and funny.

  14. Thanks, Andy W and Gayle, but frustration got the better of me. Busy day coming up, so I tore the puzzle into little bits and binned it. Not doing well lately. Try again next week.

  15. Thanks Andy W. Yes, got it from def and cross letters, the wordplay came afterwards.

  16. Very enjoyable today. Sad to think that 24A is a major client. Last in was 6D which was unknown to me but easy to guess from clue and cross-letters.

  17. Enjoyed it today, though a couple of online tools got a bit of a workout.

    Gayle, now that you have the 21D wordplay, could you explain it to me, please? And, anyone, the last three letters of 3D?

  18. 21D: the fruit and nut bread is German, and traditionally served at christmas time. The middle letter (kernel) is removed.

    3D: second = 7, 6; damn = 5 – 1. I think. Tense agreement seems weak.

    27A: How many people in two quintets?

  19. Dave 2D, the heart of “gave” is the 27A form of 2D – definition is first two words.

    27A, see Rupert’s hint just above.

  20. Thanks, Rupert. Had vaguely heard of the bread, but not familiar enough to have come to mind without recourse to the Web. And yes, 3D does seem rough. Not helped by 4-1 being another expression of annoyance!

  21. @Dave R, are you done with 2D and 27A?Not surprising it’s those two.
    2D I confess to using crossletters and a wordsearch tool. Have tried re-reading that clue and I just don’t think it works, even with the ?, either the definition or the wordplay. It’s not concerning film per se, and should read ‘gave heart its 27-across form’, no?
    27A Am not very impressed with either. Surface doesn’t make sense, and two quintets .. not really. Again, there is the question mark.

  22. Having a picky day, but I quite liked 3D. I don’t see a tense problem, more an exclamation or comment with 3 adjective-type words and a noun.

  23. Thanks Rupert and Mort. Gayle, I agree with you about those two. Now I only have 25D, for which I can think of no middle letter which would make a word. Not sure, either, about the word play for 18D.

  24. Thanks again, Rupert. I could see no indicator in the clue for 18D that the last five letters should be read 7-3 rather than 3-7.

  25. Dave, in 18D, I think that the word “around” indicates that the coastal town should be reversed. The “lasts in hot weather” are at the start of the answer and not “around” the coastal town.

  26. Was going well but have ground to a halt with just one clue and a couple of wordplays to get:
    Stuck on 17A.
    I have answers for 13D and 23D but don’t really get 13D, nor do I understand how 23A is derived from it? So I guess it’s possible my 13D is wrong although it seems to stack up with Rupert’s comment earlier about where the definition is.

    12D was my favourite this week.
    Felt to that 2D/27A didn’t work though. Isn’t the description given by 27A the wrong way round to describe 2D?

  27. Julian re 13D “boozes” indicates an anagram of “social”. This nurses a word meaning “called”. Definition is horn

  28. Oops. clumsy fingers – and 23D is derived from 13D by removing “racing” and mixing it up to get another member of 22A.

  29. Julian, 17A definition is last word. “You” for lazy texters is “in” a plus a 4-letter word that could be (but is not always) a capital.

  30. All pretty good today, although I’ve never heard of that bread in 21D.
    I disagree with the criticisms of 27A and 2D.
    I rather like 4A, but I don’t think the old governor would be very flattered.

  31. Thanks.
    Yes my 13D was wrong – I had FOG SIGNALS (called on horn?!)
    Which of course gave me no chance with 17A or how to get 23D from it!
    All makes sense now :)

  32. I can sympathise with Arthur today. I only have 24A and 7D. No idea of definition of 22A, upon which so much depends.A couple of people have referred to ‘online tools’. What does this mean? (My computer skills are decidedly basic!)

  33. @Geoff D Tools that help solve anagrams and fill in the gaps. It would be interesting to have a discussion one day about Trippers favourites. Onelook is good with ? for the missing letters. Someone here put me on to that , I think it might have been Ray. And Crossword Solver. There are various anagram solvers and scrabble solvers (but the latter are only 8 letters max, and maybe someone could suggest a good one. I use Wordsmith a lot but there are better ones I’ve found on some crossword blogs lately but haven’t used enough and don’t remember their names.

  34. Not switched on today, punctuation lousy above, and there are scrabble tools with 12 letter words, maybe more.

  35. GeoffD. 22a is a region of the earth. Online tools are crossword solvers, word finders, anagram solvers etc that you can find on the internet. Useful when you have the crossletters but can’t find a word that fits, or if you have identified the letters in an anagram (despite DA’s dodgy indicators) and can’t think of a word you make.
    Started well today, got 22a straight away and have about 10 of them so far, but struggling now.

  36. In terms of online aids (cheats!), the two I use most are:
    Andy’s anagram solver (website)
    Crossword helper (Iphone app by AFK Soft) – can put in what letters you have and it gives you possible words that fit.

    I find the anagram one is very good for single words but not multiple words, I suspect there are better options around for that. Have always found the Crossword helper app excellent.

    I actually didn’t get 22A for quite a long time today, but by the time I did I had got a good feel for its context from 1D, 10A and (especially) 14A, all of which I got from wordplays and other letters.

  37. Stuck on 1a, 1d, 4a, 4d, 6d, 10a
    Just can’t get enough cross letters in any of them to get going

  38. Also stuck on 5d. Had originally put someone in here, but it didn’t fit the only cross letter I have (from 14a)

  39. after some googling, I have 1a and 1d. Hadn’t heard of that cry like a baby before

  40. Ben and Lynne, I’ve been messing around with he who was here too, but can’t make sense of the rest of it.

  41. All out now, thanks in large part to help from above. The SE corner was particularly stubborn, with the exception of the 22A members. I agree with Gayle about 17A: capital is a pretty rubbish indicator. 4A was probably my pick of them today.

  42. Having a good look this morning I’m not going nowhere fast. I have 1D and 24A. I had 3D but just read Mort’s hint on that and have the wrong graffiti artist. Looks like I’m solving this puzzle in reverse. Making coffee!

  43. Just so I know what’s going on:

    4A: How do we get letters 6-9 and are the Philippines important?

    17A : I’m not seeing the connection between definition and answer. How are they related?

    26A: Is this first letter for 1, “male” = 2, “problem” = 3-5 then reversed?

    Now for the Down clues, second cuppa!

    Sharing hint sites, I use anagram-solver.net and oneacross.com the most. Occasionally I use the Wordsmith anagram service.

  44. CC, 4A letters 1-2 are from secretary; 4-7 sound like smooched; last three sound like an old US governor. This is a dodgy homophone as many pronounce the last three letters like a girl’s name, not a boys.

    17A the answer means “bite”.

    26A yes, the problem is a word used by Shakespeare – ay there’s the xxx

  45. Still battling in NE corner. Am I right in thinking 4D is a Polish/Irish staple food? Other than the “piggies”, I cannot explain the word play for letters 1-4.

    Crypticrochet for 5D it asks for a graffiti character, not an artist. Mort’s hint gave it to me. The classic phrase is “………… was here”.
    9A is a girl’s name.

    Any help with 4A appreciated. Is this a UN personage?

  46. Penny dropped on 4A as soon as I posted, and read Mort’s suggestion, for secretary in two letters.

  47. Neil for 4D you are correct. “turning” a two word phrase for “on”

    Now, what’s going on in 6D? I have the answer, just can’t parse.

  48. CC, 6D, I think I can give a spoiler as today’s paper is already out… Say = state, divided by a record = EP. Answer is a biological term.

  49. All out. Enjoyed the humour of 10A when finally solved and 15 A is bit of a stretch. For ” banker”, think river.

  50. I have the answer sheet, the puzzle was well out of my skill level. I’m working the clues in reverse because I have to know how they’re all crafted. It’s an obsessive thing.

    Thanks Mort for 6D! I just couldn’t figure out how “sleeve” was working and it’s obvious it’s not.

  51. 12D Can someone explain where the F comes from, assuming the rest comes from REALLYGOOD ? Am I on the wrong track altogether?

  52. Robin, re 12D: The answer is an anagram of OF REALLY GOOD with the O (doughnut) omitted.

  53. Hi all. Have everything out except 1a and 1d. Seemingly no one else had trouble with these two. Any hints please?

  54. David 1A stands for = means; agency = means.
    1D Mule = drug smuggler; sounds like mewl – a baby’s cry.

  55. In the weekend DS there is this one. “23A Wood borer not limited to dry land (6)”

    Cross letters give me _ S _ O _ E. My answer is ASHORE which covers the wood and the dry land but the ORE? Does BORER somehow lose the B and the R?

  56. No DA Confusion for today (12/9)? I need it! Got most of RHS out but very little else.

  57. Yes – today’s DA seems to be in 2 parts – easy / harder. All out and all understood.

  58. CC, 5D definition is “prepare”.
    3D Definition is “tag” – a new meaning of the word. A blight on society!

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