DA Confusion for the 10th of July, 2015

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

81 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 10th of July, 2015

  1. Thought a pretty good DA today.
    Struggled with a lot of the shorter answers.
    5D was the cleverest clue one for me today.
    And thought 15A and 16A were good.

  2. Did anyone notice the booboo in yesterday’s cryptic? Was it 3D? It implied ‘this paper’ was the SMH, upsetting Age readers! Today, just begun, grateful for a couple of large anagrams.

  3. W. Jack:
    1A – Defn = “He delivers”. “mince” = anagrind. Fodder = “most” for letters 2,3,4,5. “in” = positioner / container. “skillet” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 1,6,7. “a little butter” gives letters 8,9,10.

  4. Of the shorts, particularly liked 2 & 22 down, & 19 across for the longer!
    My Concise Oz Oxford only has 6 across in its plural form!
    Stumped on 21 down though, any hints? & some wordplays!

  5. Wrote in 7D, then spent ages trying to work it out. Finally, I saw it.
    86 on Sunday, will accept slightly used gold ingots as presents!

  6. 21D – defn = “Most cafes offer this”. “mate” gives 4 letter synonym with last letter removes (“short”) for letters 1,2,3. “one” gives letter 4.

  7. CF –
    I read 24A as “Talk” giving letters 1,2,3,9,10. “short, milky” gives letters 4,5,6,7,8. Defn = “hanger-on?”.

  8. Ian, that’s part of the nature of cryptic crosswords, red herrings! Part of solving the clue is realising something needs capitalisation … or vice versa

  9. A bit harder than last week. Stuck for a while on 1D wanting the last letter to be O, but couldn’t think of an actor called Pato or Peto. Despite my abysmal lack of knowledge of AFL, I even managed to get 2D!

    Agree with Ray – 5D was very clever.

  10. Mort, your 10 across must be wrong then! Big hint for 1 down in literary event happening today 2 pm … onliñe in smh.com.au no less!

  11. CF, yes I know. I had finished before I came here. I was just mentioning the one clue that had held me up for a minute or two.

  12. Finished. Got nine of last ten while sitting in doctor’s waiting room, last one (21D) at kitchen table, sitting opposite Margaret. Don’t understand 19A, if I have the correct novelist, but that is normal for me. Someone might care to explain, please.

  13. Arthur C. –
    19A – “switched” = reverse indicator. “Gentleman” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 5,4,3. “off” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 6,7,8,9. “into” = positioner / container. “ ‘happening’ “ gives 5 letter word for letters 1,2,10,11,12.

  14. Nearly all done. Still stuck on 6 across unless i have 7 or 8 down incorrect. Any help/direction with 15A and 25A?

  15. Billy –
    6A – “Frightened” gives 6 letter synonym. “about falling off” removes 2 letters – to leave 4 letter answer meaning “heap” = defn.

  16. 15A – “A” gives letter 1. “fare” gives 2 letter synonym for letters 2,3. “Xeroxed” repeats for letters 4,5. Defn = “in abundance?”.

    25A – Defn = “School hurdle”. “starting to mount” gives letter 4. “after” = positioner. “back” = reverse indicator. “cut” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 3,2,1.

  17. Thanks so much Ray. I just hadn’t heard that word for “heap” before. I loved the use of Xeroxed. Think I am nearly all out now. Cheers Billy

  18. Arthur, the last one I got was also 21D.
    My dictionary doesn’t give 6D as ‘heap’, just as well Google does.
    I liked 13D but don’t get the reference to ‘Idle’ from above.

  19. Had all but 15A done by the time I got to work. Wasn’t sure of my answer for that even if it did fit the wordplay. But now I am doing the Times cryptic published in today’s Australian and 5 down is the same answer. I notice this a bit since the Australian version of the Times is delayed about 30-35 days from original publication.

    Geoff – 16a is fine by me. It is the sort of clue my wife doesn’t like as it is not as obvious how to apply the signpost.

  20. GeoffS –
    17A – Defn = “Start”. “wedding party” gives 9 letter synonym. Swap first 2 letters – “trendy” for “rare vacation”.

  21. SezClom –
    12A – Defn = “Buffet’s appeal”. “friend” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3,4. “staff” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 7,8,9,10. “area” gives letter 11. “filling” = positioner / container. “out” gives letters 5,6,12.

  22. All but one done before I came here for help. Still cant get 21Do despite Ray’s guidance. Any way I can get a further hint without the answer being divulged? Letters are -i-i (am I wrong here?)

  23. A nice MOR effort this week.
    Happy birthday tomorrow, Arthur. I liked your GG letter on enunciation, by the way.

  24. Sorry, RT and PhilS, but I must disagree strenuously with you re 16a. An anagrind should always be placed adjacent to its fodder. Placing the anagrind amidst the fodder is no different from placing a clue’s cryptic elements either side of the definition. Both practices are out of order. :) :) :)

  25. Geoff,
    Since an anagrind can be placed (adjacently) before or after the fodder can the Divine DA really be breaking the rules when he uses it to refer to both the before and after?
    Just askin’.

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  27. Thanks Billy, maybe if I read all the newspapers while looking out my window to Russia, I would have seen that one

  28. I’m as sesquapidalean as the next girl but I needed help with 11d – even noting the anagrind

  29. Stuck in bottom section. Also a query about 15a. If I have the right answer, then I am not familiar with the definition. I knew of a nightclub once with ‘Whisky’ as the first part of its name, and I suppose the whisky was in abundance, but I haven’t come across any other use of the phrase with this meaning.

    If I have the right novelist for 19a, then I don’t see that letters 1, 2, 10, 11 & 12 provide a synonym for ‘happening’. The letters I have imply something more active.

    Puzzled by word play for 5d and would accept hints for 22d.

    Happy Birthday Arthur. I, too, enjoyed your letter.

  30. sezclom – http://anagram-solver.net/ maybe?

    Dave R – google says your thinking on 15A is correct, I didn’t have it until then.

    Your novelist is correct, 5D – words 3-6 progressively sacrifice more and more initially, and I am also stuck on 22D, can think of an obvious meat that fits but don’t get word play so maybe not?

  31. Re 22D think “of spring” and take the Brit ships out.

    In 2D does “missing” mean mean shedding two letters??

  32. 2D – “AFL squad’s” gives 5 letter AFL team, with 2nd letter removed (“western shed”). Defn = “missing”.

  33. Thanks Mike for 22d. I took ‘missing’ to be the definition, with only one letter shed.

  34. Thanks Mike for 22d. I took ‘missing’ in 2d to be the definition, with only one letter shed.

  35. Enjoyed most of the puzzle today, except for 6A, 15A and 2D. Thought the first two definitions a bit obscure and the last could have an additional indication.

  36. Thanks Ray. You’re right, I was working on the nickname of a more northerly team and the shedding of the day.

    At least I had an excuse for the only one I had “wrong” last week. I thought “quote pumper” could be an obscure term for someone who flaunts lines. DA was duly castigated in The Age, twice, for using “flaunt” instead of “flout”.

  37. Arthur, you must be pleased with the answer to 5D. DA must have known it was your birthday. It was also a clever type of clue that I’ve not seen used previously. Happy Birthday!

    I’m not sure that 2D is very fair, being another language, although there is a Sydney suburb with that as the first part of its name.

    Dave R, there used to be another night club in Kings Cross with “Strip” as the first part of its name and 15A as the second part.

  38. Arthur, a more egregious sin for yesterdays quick crossword was “six legged insect”. Six-legged is redundant.

  39. Jack
    Sans was, of course, originally a French word, and still is, but it was used by Shakespeare at the end of the “All the world’s a stage” speech from ‘As You Like It’. We end up sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. (I’m well on the way!). A similar usage appears in The Rubiyat of Omar Khayam. Nowadays it is invariably used without italics. The SOED lists it as Middle English, so that would be DA’s proof.
    Thanks for making me go back to the sources. Cheers.

  40. All done, but wouldn’t have got 2d without Ray’s hint – thanks. The ‘most cafes’ in 21d doesn’t include most of the ones in my neck of the woods, unfortunately.

  41. Jack, I reckon if Shakespeare uses it (referring to the effects of extreme old age) then it’s English enough. Didn’t know about the other venue, but it adds a different slant to a form of dance entertainment I remember from the 1960s.

  42. Thanks billyboyOZ, I do actually use the word sometimes myself, particularly regarding my hair (or lack thereof). I was probably just a bit picky because it took me some time to solve 2D, particularly as I had never heard of the word made up of letters 1,2,3,8,9,10 of 9A.

  43. Indigo – Mike has given a clue above ie: Mike | July 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm |
    Also try this:
    22D – Defn = “Meat”. “Brits ship” gives 2 initials. With these removed (“out”) from a 6 letter word meaning “of spring” gives the 4 letter answer.

  44. Making progress but still stuck on 15A, 17A and 19A (among others) despite the hints above.

    Arthur, I was also irritated by the reference to “this paper’ in yesterday’s puzzle. Enjoyed your GG letter, though you could also have included the first ‘n’ in Essendon. Happy Birthday.

  45. Geoff re 15A. I think this is a weak clue as I’ve never heard it as meaning in abundance. Add whisky and it could take you back to the sixties!

    17A Definition is “start”. Think of a word for wedding party and replace “rare vacation” with “trendy”.

    19A A word for “happening” surrounds “gentleman switched” (three letters) and a four-letter word for “off” – think pricing.

  46. GeoffD – these are all listed above. Repeated:
    15A – “A” gives letter 1. “fare” gives 2 letter synonym for letters 2,3. “Xeroxed” repeats for letters 4,5. Defn = “in abundance?”.
    17A – Defn = “Start”. “wedding party” gives 9 letter synonym. Swap first 2 letters – “trendy” for “rare vacation”.
    19A – “switched” = reverse indicator. “Gentleman” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 5,4,3. “off” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 6,7,8,9. “into” = positioner / container. “ ‘happening’ “ gives 5 letter word for letters 1,2,10,11,12. Defn = “British novelist”.

  47. Mort – re 15A – my Dictionary:
    adverb
    1. as much as you like; to your heart’s content; galore:
    “food and drink x xxxx”

  48. Thanks, Ray. ’twasn’t familiar to me. I don’t usually like to consult dictionaries when doing crosswords unless I’m really stumped and I could guess that this one was correct, even if it wasn’t known to me.

  49. Hey all,

    Thanks for all the hints today.

    Need help on the NW corner:
    1D?
    9A?
    4D?

    Thanks :D

  50. Saweng, 1D Peter Piper picked this. What cheek!
    4D Flip good for French gives 1-3. Lady escaping notice gives 4-5. Definition is “with dignity”

  51. Mort and Ray; thanks for the help. Like Mort I didn’t associate the answer to 15A with ‘in abundance’.

  52. John, I also would spell it with an A instead of an E but there are some references to both spellings online.

  53. All out finally. My ‘chai’ for 21D misled me for ages, until 24A jumped out at me, and Ray pointed me away from food and drink.

  54. DA – Jul 03, 2015
    Spoiler alert – all wordplays detailed below:
    ACROSS:
    1A – Defn = “He delivers”. “mince” = anagrind. Fodder = “most” for letters 2,3,4,5. “in” = positioner / container. “skillet” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 1,6,7. “a little butter” gives letters 8,9,10.
    6A – “Frightened” gives 6 letter synonym. “about falling off” removes 2 letters – to leave 4 letter answer meaning “heap” = defn.
    9A – Defn = “Give”. “fleece” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3. “to kid” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 5,6,7. “during” = positioner / container. “lesson” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 4,8,9,10.
    10A – Double defn. Defn 1 = “Blow your top”. Defn 2 = “photo”.
    12A – Defn = “Buffet’s appeal”. “friend” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3,4. “staff” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 7,8,9,10. “area” gives letter 11. “filling” = positioner / container. “out” gives letters 5,6,12.
    15A – “A” gives letter 1. “fare” gives 2 letter synonym for letters 2,3. “Xeroxed” repeats for letters 4,5. Defn = “in abundance?”.
    16A – Defn = “A prime”. “involving” = anagrind. Fodder = “theory” and “tin”.
    17A – Defn = “Start”. “wedding party” gives 9 letter synonym. Swap first 2 letters – “trendy” for “rare vacation”.
    18A – “ruined” = anagrind. Fodder = “piracy”, with last letter removed (“virtual”). Defn = “Italian resort”.
    19A – “switched” = reverse indicator. “Gentleman” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 5,4,3. “off” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 6,7,8,9. “into” = positioner / container. “ ‘happening’ “ gives 5 letter word for letters 1,2,10,11,12. Defn = “British novelist”.
    23A – Defn = “Norse supremo”. “sequence” = hidden indicator. Fodder = “decoding”.
    24A – “milky” gives 6 letter synonym with last letter removed (“short”) gives letters 3,4,5,6,7. “about” = positioner / container. “Talk” gives 5 letter synonym for letters 1,2,8,9,10.
    25A – Defn = “School hurdle”. “starting to mount” gives letter 4. “after” = positioner. “back” = reverse indicator. “cut” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 3,2,1.
    26A – “Roughly” = anagrind. Fodder = “interlaced”. Defn = “ID document”.

    DOWN:
    1D – Double defn. Defn 1 = “Loving contact”. Defn 2 = “old actor”.
    2D – “AFL squad’s” gives 5 letter AFL team, with 2nd letter removed (“western shed”). Defn = “missing”.
    3D – Cryptic clue. All caps are compass points.
    4D – “Flipping” = reverse indicator. “good for French” gives 3 letters translation for letters 3,2,1. “lady to escape notice” to give letters 4,5. Defn = “with dignity”.
    5D – Defn = “Quaintly majestic”. “sacrificing more and more, initially”, removes 1 letter from “Earth” for letters 1,2,3,4 – 2 letter from “Hour” for letters 5,6 – 3 letters from “media” for letter 7,8 – 4 letters from “began” for letter 9.
    7D – Defn = “Fruit”. “cup’s lid” gives letter 1. “essentially stuck” gives letter 8. “in” = positioner / container. “Range Rover” gives 8 letter word (animal) for letters 2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10.
    8D – Defn = “Infection”. “ruining” = anagrind. Fodder = “the hair” for letters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. “after” = positioner. “swim” gives 3 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3.
    11D – Defn = “Truck”. “squashed” = anagrind. Fodder = “innocent chap”.
    13D – Defn = “Kook or boob”. “an idle colleague” gives 5 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4,5. “last of secured” gives letter 6. “capital” gives 4 letter word for letters 7,8,9,10.
    14D – “Current leader” gives letter 1. “riding” gives 2 letter synonym for letters 2,3. “sure thing” gives 4 letter synonym for letters 4,5,6,7. “in” gives letters 8,9. “a” gives letter 10. Defn = “collapse”.
    16D – Defn = “Three months”. “to adjust” gives 4 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4. “perfume ingredient” gives 4 letter word for letters 5,6,7,8.
    20D – Double defn. Defn 1 = “3-D”. Defn 2 = “solid”.
    21D – Defn = “Most cafes offer this”. “mate” gives 4 letter synonym, with last letter removed (“short”) for letters 1,2,3. “one” gives letter 4.
    22D – Defn = “Meat”. “Brits ship” gives 2 initials. With these removed (“out”) from a 6 letter word meaning “of spring” gives the 4 letter answer.

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