DA Confusion for the 7th of August, 2015

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

72 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 7th of August, 2015

  1. Love 9 across (no, it’s not a mistake).
    Not sure if 2 down a recently late pop icon or my nom de internet!
    Also loved 11 (I’m a Sidney Long fan, hint) & 21 (an Aussie icon).
    About half out otherwise, most blanks in SW.

  2. Won’t spoil 2d this early, CF, but “Lamb” in the clue should have been capitalised. Naughty DA

  3. After a truly horrific night, not expecting much. Four in NW corner, maybe all for today. Terribly weary, but a lot of thgings to do. Will look back this afternoon. I did like 2D, despite Ian’s complaint

  4. Dave R

    3 down in brief: rear->letters1-6; balance is a word synonymous with last 3 words, with one letter removed

    9 across in brief: anagram of 2nd & 3rd words after 1 letter removed, surrounded by a word synonymous with word 7.

  5. All solved here now that Celia’s link has confirmed 2D. Can someone please explain the wordplay?

  6. Brendan, Caught = letter 1. Author/essayist pen name = 2-5. The answer is a girl’s name.

    Like Mort, never heard of 13D.

  7. Thanks, Celia. Brendan, a famous pen-using lamb had a pen-name. “Caught” becomes its usual abbreviation.

  8. Re 13 D, defn is last two words. A recent fashion movement with centuries-old roots. The movie Sucker Punch is very 13 D, also the character in first Hellboy movie with screw-in bits (eyes, limbs,etc).

  9. This has to have been one of the easiest ever. Apart from 22D, for which I am uncertain of letters 2 & 4,, everything else just fell out, due to some lucky guesses. Very encouraging.

  10. I’m not having your luck Arthur – I have a few in each corner but I’m pretty sure I have 23A wrong (Not Guilty Pleasures is it) and the other big clues aren’t working for me either. I may just go hang out in the garage today, instead. Perhaps some percolation in the back of my mind will happen and it’ll make fast sense later.

    Mort! No! Not you too…

  11. Arthur, “waffle” in this instance means dither; hence a Scottish word for dither also means one who possesses something.

  12. Re: 23A no not Guilty pleasures but I am struggling to come up with a good clue to pass on for it. All I can say is that there are 2 x nos there.

  13. Re 23A – the answer is a literal description of the phrase “no-nos”, and is also an example of a ‘no-no’, when it comes to grammar!

  14. Hi everyon,! I’m so grateful for this site – it’s finally helped me get somewhere with DA crosswords. Could anyone help me out with 6a please?

  15. After struggling last week but unable to post, today I am all out before coming here. An easier one. Arthur, I think ‘proprietor’ is a lousy definition for 22d. It should be owner.

  16. It is ironic that the grammatical no go can be called something that is what it is.

  17. I’m doing pretty well this week, but just can’t work out the wordplay to get the 3rd and 6th letters of 17A. Help!

  18. Sandy Irony =”conveyance of meaning (generally satirical) by words whose literal meaning is the opposite, esp words of praise used as a criticism or condemnation.” The wording of 22 does not fit the foregoing. N0-nos are literally double negatives as well as cryptically defining the answer. No irony about it.

  19. Friday Girls: the definition of 6D is “bananas” and is more-or-less an anagram of “none come” and “pints”.

  20. Ann, Friday Girls, re 6 down:
    None Come CUT gives letters 1-6
    salad=anagrind
    some pints=anagrist for letters 7-15
    Defn is Bananas, a Latin expression in common use!

  21. Bondles, 13 down is an anagram, the definition being “speculative fashion”, the anagrist being ” makes punt”, the anagrind “rashly”. If you solve it (it’s a word coined only in the past five years or so), it will give you the third letter of 17 across. The 6th letter is the same. For 17 ac, Letters 3-6 are a 5-letter word meaning “lift” (a verb) with an article removed” (it can only be one of “a”, “an” or “the”, and by a process of elimination …!). “against” gives letter 2 & I believe if you had the correct letter for letter 2 you would naturally have the answer for the definition, “slinky”!

  22. Almost there, with a fair bit of help from posters here for the bottom half (thanks!)
    Only one I haven’t got is 18A?
    And I’m not sure how the 1st 3 letters of 16D work?

    Loved 21A.
    23A was also clever but spoiled for me because FHF (3.59pm) gave the answer away. I thought the convention here was to give hints only?

  23. Julian, we agree, hints only please.
    18 across – very obscure hint – are you doing the crossword in the SMH?

    16 down – think writing technology

  24. Ta to Jack & sandy. I have an excellent Scots-English dictionary, given years ago by a Scottish friend. But it didn’t jhelp in this case. However, it is clear from your help what the answer is. Thank you.

  25. Friday Girls – thanks. I had the right context for 18A (but yes I am doing it in SMH). For some reason had a blind spot with the answer! Mind you “supply” as an anagram trigger??

    And if 16D is what I think it is then I think “on the ball” is a crap clue. There are other forms of letters 1-3 that don’t involve a ball for their technology.

    Had a DA fest this week – had been away for a month so had 5 to catch up on!

  26. Julian, took us an Age to get 18 across. Supply was awful! And yes as to 16 down it was a stretch, unless I am missing something – I am sure Celia will enlighten us.

    Pleeease tell me something re 19 down!

  27. Thanks FHF. Wow that stretched us. We were looking for a bird or a lake. I didn’t find this a particularly easy crossword. Last week we did in 2 and a half hours which was a record for us. This was seven hours, with DA Trippers’ help. Thank you all – we miss Ray!

  28. @Friday Girls
    In 16D, I think on the ball = with it = something a cat might have been described as in the 1920s. My shape has two more sides than yours.

  29. I didn’t find it easy this week either, Friday Girls. I also thought there should only be hints given.

  30. Rupert: definition for 11A is ‘natural dancers’. The last three letters come from ‘fuel’. The first four from ‘seethe when one left’.

  31. 16 has nothing to do with ball points & does not start with “P”. The first three letters are a cool synonym for “on the ball”!

  32. When all else fails, read through posts from the start … or use browser find on page function for specific clues. See post at 11:27 am for list of all words in the solution.

  33. OK I am now back to being completely mystified as to the 1st 3 letters of 16D, despite having the answer.
    Cat and 1920’s means nothing to me I’m afraid Rupert – but really nice to see you back here, you were one of the main contributors when I first came across this site and always really helpful. I am going to really miss Ray too who always managed to hit that fine balance between giving good hints but not simply giving the answer away.

  34. PEA Brain
    For 2D, definition = Girl. Caught = letter 1, letters 2-5 come from Lamb (a person who used a pen).

  35. Welcome back Rupert – we’ve missed you. Ray left with a nice sign off – Sounds like he may be travelling. I hope so anyway. Mort left more abruptly, so I have no clue why. I thank them both for their help on the forum over the last few years.

  36. A welcome relief after last week’s shocker. All out except 2d. Have two possibilities but can’t make either fit the wordplay. Loved 9a and 23a, and finally understand all of the lyrics in a proclaimers song.

  37. And looking above, I also was thinking ball points for 16d, so I’ll need to re-think that one :(

  38. Found 2d and 16d with the help of google. Both very obscure. I much prefer my original answer to 16d!

  39. Thanks Stuart, Ann and Bill for help with 6a, 11a and 23a.
    Can someone help (not too much please!) with 12a, 17a, 18a, 7d and 15d?
    Cheers.
    Back later.

  40. Rupert, check out the minor flame war a week or two ago to find out why people are leaving this forum. It started with a comment from Peaceman, or something like that

  41. FHF re your August 7, 2015 at 3:59 pm post. If you read 23A a bit differently – surely a sentence that has no nos (as opposed to no-nos), is a bit ironic for the answer?

  42. Bit late to the party, but for 16d I had a different way of parsing: shape on the ball as definition? I.E. a soccer ball? Didn’t quite fit without stretching a description of a ballpoint though, so the hip definition is probably right.

  43. Thanks Beth. Sadly, between then and now I’ve lost the page so hints no longer needed. Looking forward to next Friday’s challenge. Thanks again.

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