DA Confusion for the 17th of July, 2015

Have your confusions sorted out right about now.

51 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 17th of July, 2015

  1. Well Arthur, you really struck a chord with your attack on lazy speakers (Thursday’s Green Guide). Well done!

  2. I thought pretty straight forward for DA today – though I stalled on some by overthinking them.
    Was misdirected on 1A for a long time.
    Thought both 10A and 25A were very good.
    Thought 14D a bit complicated.

  3. Thanks, Mort. I almost got onto Neil Mitchell’s program, where they were discussing the problem. As to today’s DA, found six easy ones, then hit the wall. 12A easy for the electro-savvy, maybe not others. Continuing the struggle

  4. Just looked through the green guide on-line and couldn’t find the Lazy Speakers reference…
    A third in today. Love 19 across!

  5. The only snow where I am is in my head. Mild hints for 19 21 25 29 across & 14 15 20 24 down, please? I have an answer for 14 but it’s a stab in the dark I need to verify.

  6. CF –
    19A – Double defn. Defn 1 = “Does it prompt haha”. Defn 2 = “or bleeuurghh?”.
    21A – “Accomplished” gives 3 letters synonym for letters 1,2,3. “Pole” gives 6 letters word with 2nd letter removed (“skipped rambling introduction”) for letters 4,5,6,7,8. Defn = “to be edifying”.
    25A – “Writer” gives 3 letter word / name for letters 1,2,3. “wild” = anagrind. Fodder = “shrine of” for letters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. Defn = “dog”.
    29A – Defn = “One time chief”. “daredevil” gives 4 letter name for letter 5,6,7,8. “broke” = positioner / container. “stool” gives 5 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3,4,9.

  7. CF –
    14D – Defn = “Expect”. “jumping” = anagrind. “frog in a” for letters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10. “watering hole” gives 3 letter word above that (“to the north”) for letters 1,2,3.
    15D – Defn = “Erotic 27-across”. “trophy” gives 3 letter word for letters 1,2,3. “names” gives letters 4,5,6. “front” gives 3 letter word for letters 7,8,9.
    20D – “Massive” gives 4 a letter word for letters 1,2,3,4. “meanie intermittently” gives letters 5,6,7. Defn = “androgynous”.
    24D – Defn = “pastry”. “below” = reverse indicator. Fodder = “To lift” with first and last removed “off crusts”.

  8. Celia @ 8:54
    19: First word can be a joke or a laryngeal spasm. Second word should then be obvious.
    21: Last word in clue is definition. “Accomplished” gives 1,2,3. “Pole” is region without rambling introduction for 4,5,6,7,8
    15 Down: Think of 27 across as a weapon. “Trophy” gives letters 1,2,3. [Rest should follow].

    I am stuck on the others.

  9. Thanks again Ray & Brian, got more than I 14 downed for & polished those off quick time. 25 was new to me. Brian, before I head off to the laundromat,v are you stuck on anything not covered above?

  10. Thanks again Ray & Brian, got more than I 14 downed for & polished those off quick time. 25 was new to me. Brian, before I head off to the laundromat,v are you stuck on anything not covered above?

  11. Thanks Ray and Brian for help 15D and 25A, they’d been stubbornly refusing to reveal themselves. I agree that it’s otherwise a relatively gentle offering this week (as evidenced by the fact that I’ve managed it at 1:30am in spite of my heat-addled mind). Loved 19A, 13D, and 26D!

  12. Still totally baffled. Have added a few to my original six, Ray helped with a couple (9.00 above, but I can’t even fathom some of his clues, as in 15D ‘names’ gives letters 4,5,6? The dog in 25A has me baffled. I have xxCxOx/xxIxE. Don’t know of any canine that would fit there. OH! just tried a guess and found it via Google. Had never heard of it. Only 19 to go! I have 26D, but cannot explain what the clue means.

  13. Actually, I have the ‘names’ now, but Google doesn’t recognise that item with an S.

  14. Arthur C, re 15 down, cogitate on St Valentine’s day pop iconography.
    26 down what beasties live in a cote? What sounds do they make? (cote & rings are doing double duty in this clue)
    If you’ve not yet fathomed acrosses 28 & 10 don’t be afraid of them!
    In history there were actually two 29 acrosses! The daredevil was evil, I hear!
    16 across makes more sense with the comma relocated one word to the right.
    What’s your unsolved list?

  15. Well, having dined and napped, I now have most squares filled, hadv to modify a few, I had entered BRA as second word of 15D, not reading clue properly. But having themn obtained 28A, was able to find 10A. My only problem now is 22A where I could have something like EIDSGA???? Doesn’t come up on Google, must be wrong. I think I have all the rest right now. Quite a struggle.

  16. Billy:
    12a – meaning is first word of clue. ‘Mention’ means ‘sounds like’ the next three words for letters 1-4 (or arguably 1-5). Last word of clue is for letters 6-8.

    3d – the ellipsis actually does connect this clue with the answer to the next clue 4d in this case; once you solve 4d then 3d will come easily

  17. Arthur:
    22a – meaning is last two words of clue. Second word of clue is letters 1-3 (easily googlable). You should get the rest from there.

  18. Billy, 12 across think maths homophone; definition is “voluunteered”; ” to mention” homophone indicator … comprising “style of wave” lette1-s 5

  19. Billy, CORRECTED 12 across think maths homophone; definition is “voluunteered”; ” to mention” homophone indicator … comprising “style of wave” letters 1-5; “wear” 6-8

  20. NO! I finally have correct 22A, so all appears OK. Amazing.
    Re 12A, the waveform of our electricity supply is based on the trigonometric ratio opposite/hypotenuse. Remembers, from a long way back): OHMS, AHMC, OAMT.

  21. Arthur, Mia Wasikowska is a young Australian actress in films made both here and in Australia: currently appearing on screens around the world ad Madame Bovary! The (Sr) would imply some relative older than her!

  22. Doing this on Friday as unable to get to work at Katoomba. Highway was meant to be open to Mount Vic, but large trucks were blocking Vic pass unable to proceed.
    Had to go to Lithgow to get the paper.
    Needed a hint for 25a but the rest (eventually) fell into place.

  23. Celia @ 9:43.
    Have just seen your kind offer. Ray’s earlier messages helped me and I completed it in, what is for me, record time.

  24. No-one else has mentioned these, but I’m still stuck on 16A and 23D. For both of these I have the cross letters but can’t see how anything I fit in with them answers the clue. Is there anyone still able to help?

  25. Ann –
    16A – Defn = “A little blue, one”. “might start” gives letter 2. “to enter” = positioner / container. “cyber-search” gives a 4 letter word for letters 1,3,4,5.
    23D – “rolled” = reverse indicator”. Finn gives a 3 letter name for letters 5,4,3. “setter” gives letters 2,1. Defn = “own?”.

  26. Ray it doesn’t help in 27A that there is a type of chair called an “ava”. I thought I was so clever finding that. Now I’ve corrected 27A, 23D makes much more sense.

  27. Struggling a bit as usual. About a third done. Not having 28A means I have no idea about 10A.
    Although I do have an answer for 27A it makes no sense in relation to 15D so may be wrong.
    These related clues always cause me problems. Also I have 4D but not 3D.
    Any help please?

  28. Geoff, see Ray at 9am for 15d. 3d is a type of 4d. 28a is 4-letter current reversed containing love – the novelist is female

  29. I found this puzzle rather tricky. 13D is my favourite. I was led astray for some time by the strontium in 22A; I then thought it could be a nun; it finally twigged, but not quickly.

  30. Thanks Mary. I have now completed the puzzle except for 29A and that’s a very good result for me.
    Correction: I’ve just seen 29A so now complete. First for some months.

  31. Thanks Ray for 25a, 20d and 23d. I misled myself with a wrong answer for 24d and still don’t have it despite above hint. Also missing 29a (despite above hint). If I have the right answer for 13d I don’t completely get the wordplay – I get tennis tempo, but “sort” as definition?

  32. Lots of good ones today (yesterday) . Googling 2d gave lots of great ‘numbers’ for a party mix! And fyi Brian, 19a is not laryngeal spasm. But congrats for getting it before 9.00 yesterday though!!

  33. 3d (and 4d) were most timely. Coincidence or not? Also, I was way off track with 29a. I figured it was a 9 letter word for stool, starting with e x . How wrong was that!

  34. Well, I had to search the intertubes and read all of the clues here. Back to a typical DAy…

    Thanks as usual Trippes !

  35. DA Jul 17, 2015
    Spoiler alert – all wordplays detailed below:
    ACROSS:
    1A – Defn = “Sleepy”. “criminal” = anagrind. Fodder = “cop, for one, is”.
    6A – Defn = “Ski resort”. “to forbid” gives a 3 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3. “graffiti in centre” give letters 4,5.
    9A – Double defn. Defn 1 = “Use in dinghy”. Defn 2 = “scrap?”.
    10A – “Should outsiders” gives letters 3,4. “allow” gives 5 letter synonym for letters 5,6,7,8,9. “access to” = positioner / container. “Barmy” = anagrind. Fodder = “Army” for letters 1,2,10,11. Defn = “character of 28-across?”.
    11A – Defn = “Hindu’s Birdman”. “deterioration” = anagrind. Fodder = “curtailed gradual”.
    12A – Defn = “Volunteered”. “to mention” = homophone indicator. “type of wave” gives a 4 letter word that sounds like letters 1,2,3,4,5. “wear” gives a 3 letter synonym for letters 6,7,8.
    15A – Defn = “Camelot ensemble”. “measure” gives a 5 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4,5. “post” gives a 4 letter word for letters 6,7,8,9.
    16A – Defn = “A little blue, one”. “might start” gives letter 2. “to enter” = positioner / container. “cyber-search” gives a 4 letter word for letters 1,3,4,5.
    17A – Defn = “Steer”. “one” gives letter 2. “into” = positioner / container. “bed” gives a 4 letter word for letters 1,3,4,5.
    19A – Double defn. Defn 1 = “Does it prompt haha”. Defn 2 = “or bleeuurghh?”.
    21A – “Accomplished” gives a 3 letters synonym for letters 1,2,3. “Pole” gives a 6 letter word with 2nd letter removed (“skipped rambling introduction”) for letters 4,5,6,7,8. Defn = “to be edifying”.
    22A – Cryptic clue = “Perhaps Wasikowska (SR) contracted” . Defn = “bad gas”.
    25A – “Writer” gives a 3 letter word / name for letters 1,2,3. “wild” = anagrind. Fodder = “shrine of” for letters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. Defn = “dog”.
    27A – Defn = “Kind of chair”. “a” gives letter 1. “vacant room” letters 2,3.
    28A – “Reviewed” = reverse indicator. “current” gives a 4 letter synonym for letters 5,4,3,1. “gripping” = positioner / container. “love” letter 2. Defn = “novelist”.
    29A – Defn = “One time chief”. “daredevil” gives a 4 letter name for letter 5,6,7,8. “broke” = positioner / container. “stool” gives a 5 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3,4,9.

    DOWN:
    1D – “Season” gives a 6 letter word with 5th letter removed (“Captain finally escaped”) for letters 1,2,3,4,5. Defn = “spray”.
    2D – “Lotto” gives letters 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. “commercial” gives letters 10,11. Defn “big number”.
    3D – “Stuff” gives a 3 letter synonym for letters 1,2,3. “up” = reverse indicator. “nothing” gives a 4 letter word for letters 7,6,5,4. Defn = …. Answer to 4D.
    4D – “Double defn”. Defn 1 = “…. Prolonged abstinence”. Defn 2 = “quick!”.
    5D – Defn = “Head science”. “casting” – anagrind. Fodder = “ray on logic.
    6D – Defn = “Fits in”. “Bairnedale’s hollow” gives letters 1,2. “pines” gives a 5 letter synonym for letters 3,4,5,6,7.
    7D – Defn = “Modern”. “physicist” gives a 6 letter name, with last 3 letters removed (“lost heaps of weight.”) for letters 1,2,3.
    8D – Defn = “Park feature”. Cryptic defn = “one that’s idle during the day”.
    13D – Defn = “ ?”. “Sort of tennis” gives a 7 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. “tempo” gives a 4 letter word for letters 8,9,10,11.
    14D – Defn = “Expect”. “jumping” = anagrind. “frog in a” for letters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10. “watering hole” gives a 3 letter word above that (“to the north”) for letters 1,2,3.
    15D – Defn = “Erotic 27-across”. “trophy” gives a 3 letter word for letters 1,2,3. “names” gives letters 4,5,6. “front” gives a 3 letter word for letters 7,8,9.
    18D – Defn = “Bug”. “implanted” = hidden indicator. Fodder = “stick of furniture”.
    20D – “Massive” gives a 4 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4. “meanie intermittently” gives letters 5,6,7. Defn = “androgynous”.
    23D – “rolled” = reverse indicator”. Finn gives a 3 letter name for letters 5,4,3. “setter” gives letters 2,1. Defn = “own?”.
    24D – Defn = “pastry”. “below” = reverse indicator. Fodder = “To lift” with first and last removed “off crusts”.
    26D – “Top of cote” gives letter 1. “rings” gives letters 2,3. Defn = “Cote rings with this?”.
    (Note: “cote rings” doing double duty).

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