DA Confusion for the 14th of July, 2017

It’s cold. Don’t be confused as well.

38 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 14th of July, 2017

  1. Good morning all. Is everyone still under the doona? I found it tricky today, but enjoyable. Didn’t know the connection between 4/26 and 8 down, but happy to get it from wordplay, a good guess as to the definition, and google to confirm. Only one I’m not sure of is 11A.
    Liked 28A, 1A, 19a, 27A, 8D, 13A, 29A, 9D, for some fun defs, and surfaces, indicators and lovely misdirects .. well, everything really.

  2. Now 88! Chemists will recognise 8 is number of completion (electrons in valence shell). so, i’m doubly complete, but only have two answers so far, very late start.

  3. Got back from overseas yesterday. Its been a challenge to access and do cryptic while away . HoweverI’m all done. 2D took a while until I realised that solicitor isn’t confined to lawyer. Found some of the clues to be a real 25A ! Especially 28A.

  4. Happy birthday, Arthur.
    Gayle: definition for 11A is the first word, with ‘a cut back’.

  5. I know it’s customary to claim each new DA is the easiest ever, but very unusually I did complete today’s in an hour flat, a new PB. There was one from last month that took me for ever though, which everyone else seemed to breeze through, so it all evens out. Helped that I’m off work today.

    So no help required, but thanks for all your support on all the other weeks!

  6. It’s been many decades (about five) since I encountered 4/25D’s Catholic, in an essay containing a list of derogatory ethnic & religious nicknames! (My OzOx says it’s colloquial, offensive!) …
    … Got 9D instantly, one of only two opening lines I can recall (the other being, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”), then recognised it as an all-but-the-first-letter anagram.

    Has DA used “caboose” for “last letter” before? I seem to recall it from somewhere!

    Was unaware 29A was a nautical term! Was wondering why the “sailor” reference!

    All out, all understood, happy solving everybody!

  7. Yes, took me quite a while to get going today. First in were 3D, 6D, 17D. Anyone looking for an easy entry should perhaps start with 14D and 15A, which were much easier than they initially looked!

    Gayle 11A: the (somewhat elliptical) def is the first word of the clue. Reading the answer backwards (‘back’) gives ‘ a cut’ but made ‘brief’ (one letter removed).

  8. With grave difficulty, have all but 11 & 16A. ( I think). So, happy. Yesterday nearly finished me, had to ride my scooter 2.5 km into a freezing northerly gale. Exhausting.

  9. Arthur C.

    11A defn is 1st word, wordplay involves reversal & deletion;

    16A a bit convoluted, but the capital is a European one at 1,2,4-6. “receiving” is a containment indicator for the other two letters!

  10. Correction re 16 A, containment indicator for letter 3 only, final letter clued separately.

  11. Celia – on the subject of first lines…

    “A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment.”

    …may ring a bell for those who remember Monty Python’s ‘Novel writing from the West Country’.

  12. Congrats, Arthur! You must be in the second and third shells, as the inner shell has only two electrons (giving us helium).

    9D is one of the best-known openings of all time. The beauty of the other opening mentioned by Celia is that the Dickens has an equally famous last line.

  13. Word of warning – 22D allows for two different solutions. I originally got “oration”, right thinking but wrong word and threw me off those running across it for a while. Obviously won’t articulate the answer, but don’t let it hook you.

  14. Incredible! I had thought the 9A answer was a type of pasta! Had never seen either the book or the film involved with the 4D, 26D, took an inspired guess and Googled. Jack 1344), I was in electronics, but had to learn a bit of solid-state chemistry in order to teach transistor theory. But the noble gases, apart from Helium, have a filled outer shell, and a multitude of molecules end up with eight (as in H2O, NaCl, etc.), end up with eight or a multiple thereof.

  15. @IanF. A hardyesque cracker.

    All out. Loved 9D. I found it mostly easy today with 11A being the last one in.

    Happy birthday, Arthur. Have a good weekend, all.

  16. I once made the mistake of reading 4,26. It’s more like a textbook on whaling than a novel. Bringing it to the screen produced one of Mr Peck’s poorer efforts. I think he even reprised it on TV in his later years.

  17. Thanks, Nicholas. I had done exactly the same and wondered why 21a and 25a were so difficult!

  18. > Word of warning – 22D allows for two different solutions. I originally got “oration”, right thinking but wrong word and threw me off those running across it for a while.

    Heheh, yes I went off the rails in the same clue, with ‘mission’.

  19. Sorry to bother everyone. I believe I am finished, but have no idea as to word play for my answers to 18A, 6D & 22D. Could anyone shed any insight?
    Thanks

  20. Bianca @ 4:48 pm

    8D a charade … defn “disgracefully”
    exposed signs for: letters 1-3,4
    little: letters 5-8
    lousy rebel: 9-13

  21. Bianca, for 6d willow plants have a specific name which goes in the middle of the bark (outside) of hardy.
    22d take another name for commercial from the front of another word for obsession.

  22. Bianca @ 4:48 pm

    Sorry, misread, not 8D

    18A a 4-letter “tube” less its last letter (“caboose, leaving?”), defn is “using”.

  23. Got there today without even looking at the forum! Just checked in to see how you all went. Hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Arthur. 🎉

  24. Thanks Ann, Andrew T and Mary-Jane re 11A. I’d guessed the right steps and the wordplay but for the life of me couldn’t see the / – 1 : -)

    HB Arthur, 8 is a lucky number in some cultures whose languages you speak. The more 8’s the better!

  25. Ben & Lynne re 19A …
    “drums” anagrind for anagrist “fill a” occupying letters 1-5; with “composer” DA is referring to himself – this is often “DA” but here something else, letters 6-7.
    Definition: “bad reputation”.

  26. Help please. I’ve got it all out but I can’t parse 21a. Definition dopes. But how does the wordplay work?

  27. Croydon MAL re 21A … read your answer backward (“from the east”): you get letters 7-5 “fixed” and 4-1 a “13-across place in Cockney”

  28. DAers (DeArs?) – Is there a ‘real-time’ blog(?), like ‘Trippers’, for the ‘Times’ crosswords as they appear in ‘The Australian’, does anyone know? I can resort to answer/explanation posts on their original ‘Times’ appearance but these are 4-5 weeks old (1 week for ‘Sunday Times’)

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