66 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 21st of October, 2016

  1. Thanks Ray, you’re all done, then? My paper’s only just been delivered, haven’t even opened it. Happy solving, everyone!

  2. Echo Ray’s comment. SW last in for me. Not knowing 14D , held me up. Knew the German but got stuck on the problem. It depends which order you get the secretary, composer or director. All gettable though. Shouldn’t have left 22D to last.
    Liked 24/11, 28/29
    7/18 was a giggle. Really, I wonder what pubs DA frequents? But it’s true! whenever I’ve gone to one lately. Not to my liking.

  3. All out, all understood, except find 7D/18A wordplay iffy: where does one component of the charade end & the next begin? e.g. is “old MP, say?” letters 5-12, or simply 8-12? If the former, what jurisdiction, if the latter, how old?

    Otherwise favourite clues were 1A/19D, 14D (Gayle, look up on IMDB, am sure you would have seen several films by), 21D, 23A (spent ages trying to parse another penned by poles), 24A/11A (nostalgia isn’t what it used to be!), 27A, 28A/29A.

    Happy solving, everyone!

  4. Very slow as usual, only ten found. thought 8D might be anagram, but found nothing. Time to retire perhaps.

  5. Celia, I parsed ‘old MP, say’ at letters 8-12. Old in the sense of former. The electorate is the same name as the publisher of SMH etc.

    Me too with 23. Bet we were on the same page!

  6. Gayle, 14D gets a mention in the article on Benedict Cumberbatch in today’s SMH (The Shortlist), presume same would be in The Age.

    If in 7D/18A “old MP, say?” specifically refers to letters 8-12, which part of the charade refers to letters 5-7?

  7. Have to go to work now. Will check in later. Can’t stop cackling at the mental image of the ( far from) stout old MP in the pub.

  8. Question. If someone in Perth W.A. wanted to do the DA crossword which newspaper would they need to buy?

  9. Like Arthur I’m having trouble with 8D (not sure what to look for). I can’t find anything that fits with the letters I have in for 17D either. My answer for 23A is a composer but doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the clue!

  10. Down to last dozen, or maybe just ten, I think, though uncertain of 18A. If I have it right,can’t recognise a director for 14D, but then movies aren’t my scene.
    Found 8D thanks Gayle.

  11. Arthur: 18A sounds like the name of a recent MP. In 14D use ‘with German’ for the 3-letter word.

  12. All done, but not sure of the role ‘shows problem’ plays in 14D. Seems to me the rest of the clue provides sufficient information. Enjoyed 24/11A.

  13. Dave R re 14D: the “problem” is Shakespearean (and I also heard Richard Greene use the term in an episode of Robin Hood, back in the ’60s) and is part of the reversal!

  14. Could someone give me a little hint with 1A/19D? I’m all done in the top half, except for this one…

  15. 25D. Should that read ” when alpha leaves”? I can’t parse it otherwise.

    Also, any advice about my post at 8.42am?

  16. ado: drawers are not artists or furniture. ‘State to confirm’ gives 1A.
    Rob B: I think I agree with you re 25D.

  17. ado 1A/19D: def is first 3 words of clue. Next three words of clue point to first word of answer, “state” meaning a homophone. Last word of clue is an alternate definition of second word of answer.

    Rob B: I’ve herd that the Canberra Times site gets you subscription-free access to these Xwords, not sure how to be honest.

  18. Rob B re 8:42 query re person in Perth getting DA: The Age or the Sydney Morning Herald, or find a friend with a digital sub to either who’s prepared to copy & send Or take out a digital sub.

    Clarification re 25D “when alpha leads”” add “alpha” to the front end of your answer (“josh”), and you have a six-letter phrase meaning “relaxed”. “leads” is correct.

  19. Having difficulty with 28/29A
    Assume definition is first word and that “gnarled trees” gives the last 5 letters. But that must be wrong because it wouldn’t offer an explanation for the rest of the answer.

  20. 25D. Thanks, Celia. I can see the parse now. You are quite correct, but I am glad Ann saw it my way too. Strength in numbers. ;-)

  21. @Andrew T and @Celia. Thanks for the advice. I will let my W.A. friend know. Very grateful.

  22. Thanks, Rob B and Celia. I was using an Aussie slang term for something of large impact (as in ‘gone for a …’) and therefore hadn’t broken the second word up into two bits, one of which being reversed.

  23. @Dave R. I know the phrase to which you are referring. I went down that track too. Funnily enough, my mother used it in the sense of a calamitous fall, like tripping on a mat and going for a ******. In the U.K. and U.S., it means to die or go missing. I guess these things change their meaning over time and from place to place.

  24. Meander re 7D/18A (not 7A/18D) MP not PM; 1-7 far from stout; 8-12 old (ex) MP. This has been dealt with earlier! See Gayle @ 7:08 am

  25. Finished, probably my last DA, two short. Can’t work out 22D or 28-29A, which I assumed to be an anagram of gnarled trees. Cricket coming up (lots of it), if I’m still around next autumn, may have another look at DA. Or maybe sooner.

  26. I hate to be that person who says they have never heard of an answer…so I will just note 28,29A was a learning experience for me today.
    Anyone else have an issue with parsing 22D? First two letters and definition are clear but not the result.
    Fave today was probably 9A

  27. Arthur C., Black Pen re 22D
    “secretary” letters 1-2
    “around” reversal indicator for
    “to skip” letters 6-3
    defn. “here and there”

  28. Arthur C. re 28A/29A defn. is “plain” [geographical feature]
    “buff” letters 1-3
    “in” letters 4-7
    “gnarled trees” letters 8-12.
    Answer is a specific Australian geographic feature i.e. non-generic!

  29. Thanks Celia.
    Despite your earlier help, couldn’t solve 28/29A because I was thinking generically. But as soon as I read your reply to Arthur C, the answer flashed into my head without any thought. It’s amazing how our brains work!

  30. alaric r1:53 pm: I’m an alcoholic, my brain doesn’t work very well at all, except it seems to loosen it up for cryptics. Please don’t take this as an endorsement!

  31. Celia, would never ave got that in a million years. Should have. my son spent a couple of years up at Yuendumu. So, grid all filled in, Vics doing badly at cricket. And the rain falls on!

  32. Hi all, can’t seem to access the uncompleted crossword from Celia’s link- takes me to completed grids only. Could anyone help me out please? Cheers

  33. Carol, for 9A, defn = 1st word, “evil case” = letters 4,5, “breaches” = inside “show” = 8 letter synonym – think what you do when you turn a corner when driving (maybe this is too obvious ?)

  34. Hi Carol
    9A first word is definition. The rest is about a word for “show” being breached by “the case of evil” (2 letters).

  35. Hi Mary. Apostrophes don’t count in Fairfax and Guardian crosswords. Don’t know how universal this is or when this practice began.

  36. I found this week’s really difficult, and only managed about half before having to come here looking for clues. All out now, but cannot for the life of me see the wordplay for 21D, and am surprised no-one else seems to have had trouble with it. Could someone put me out of my misery please?

  37. June, 21D clue refers to a postcode; last 2 letters are ‘solicit banks’; def is uproar

    I’m stuck on 26A, 27A and 17D. If anyone’s still there, a gentle hint would be welcome

  38. Sb 26a take a xxxx at the answer. Also means bet as well a a type of kick.
    27A anagram of gains he had. Definition is last three words.
    17D german with gives 1-3 reversed. Problem, as in “aye there’s the xxx” gives next three letters, also reversed. A great deal gives last three, also reversed. Definition is a director of very strange movies.

  39. Thanks Adroit. Just left with 17D now (not 14). Guessing it’s a type of snag (in one sense or another).

  40. Correction, sb. I said that “a great deal ” is also reversed. It isn’t. Sorry about that.

  41. Thank you so much sb – I had never heard of 21D letters 1-5, but have now Googled it and there it was! I understand now – so much for the MMXLIV I spent ages trying to fit in!!

    Regarding 17D – went off initial letters 1-3, approach letters 4-8, def snag (not as in BBQ!)

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