46 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 15th of February, 2019

  1. Morning all.

    Phew, that was tough. Just a couple of minutes under two hours.

    First three out: 21D; 23A; 14A
    Last three out: 6D, 4A, 4D*
    * had answer for ages but took a while parsing.

    Favourite clues: 1A, 2D, 4A, 6D, 7D.

    Happy solving! Pip pip!

  2. Must have been on DA’s wavelength today, playing to his 2 main audiences.
    I thought 1A might be a bit unfair if you didn’t know it. On the other hand, I often have to struggle for the Mexican GK. Long and multiple words helped, although the parsing came later in a couple.
    Ticks the same as Celia’s, plus 22A. Quibble with 10A.

  3. Gayle, 10A is,a double homophone, the eggs give 1-4 and the work in the galley (not a kitchen) 5-8. That solve your quibble?

  4. Peter, you should have! Famous meeting with an Australian PM 40 odd years ago! Subject of a well-known Paul Kelly song.

  5. Good one today. My first one in (or first one out — when an antonym is a synonym) was 1a. I hadn’t heard of 2d either. No real favourites today, but I’ve put last week’s “push up daisies” in my cryptic clues hall of fame.

    And thank you, DA, for making me realise how to spell “medevac” in one of your puzzles a few months ago. I was surprised how few television stations and newspapers managed it for the first day or two. They’ve got it right now …

  6. FOI 13A (and a favourite). LOI 24A. Took me a while to get the wordplay for 16A, but when I did it was a favourite. Also never heard of 2D.
    Not too bad if you didn’t 18A.

  7. Very late start today, (cricket last night!), but almost complete. No idea on 2D, though first name seems obvious, no idea on ABC person @ 19D.. Only one other to sort out.

  8. Actually, a name for 2D just came to me, a name I knew. Fits my acrosses, not sure how it fits cue. Can’t find an ABC host to fit 19D though. The only one I have left. Where would I find her/him? Oh, just did! FINISHED.

  9. Arthur C, 2D is an anagram with deletion. Clue is very clever, I don’t think &lit. but very nearly so!

    I hope those trumpeting they’ve never heard of 2D read up on him and on the Wave Hill walk-off, and listen to the few songs about it (at least the one by Paul Kelly & Kev Carmody) as it is a major event in Australia’s history!

  10. I’m struggling with the NE section.
    Still need 4A, 11A, 5D, 6D, 7D (I have the 10-letter word, but not the 5-letter word)
    Any help would be appreciated.

  11. Good afternoon. Everyone seems to have sorted it already. I’m just left struggling with wordplay for 9A, 16A and 4D.

  12. Hi SB,

    16A letters 2-4 is a shot. Letter 1, 5-9 is a 7 letter word (minus the first letter) which is a gear that you might see in an automatic car

  13. Hi again SB,
    4D – I think that I have most of it but am open to corrections. Letters 1,2,5,6,7 is ‘journos’. Of is 3,4. Work exposed is 8,9. Saphead is letter 10.

  14. Julian, 9A is a simple linear charade, with this pattern … 3+3+2+7.
    Apply that pattern to your answer and the wordplay should fall into place.

  15. Sorry that wasn’t a helpful comment, let me try again. Is 11A definition one of the AFL teams’ monikers?

  16. Thanks Celia!
    Ian – in 11A you substitute the second letter (i for a). The 6 letter word before the letter is substituted is a word that means “awards”. But after the letter is substituted, it is a word that is the nickname of an AFL team.
    I hope that helps

  17. Got it, Julian – thanks! Had the answer but can now see the awards word. I find I get a mental blank sometimes when two words like this are pronounced differently. I also sometimes struggle with mispronouncing simple answers – 24A answer I was pronouncing to rhyme with petty for a long while before the penny dropped. Just me?

  18. Celia (re 11:21 comment),
    I think you’d find that 2dn actually IS an &lit.
    The whole clue is a satisfactory definition of the person while the wordplay uses the whole clue as well, describing the anagram with the subtracted letter. There are no extraneous words.
    A very nice clue.

  19. This is off topic here, but a clue in this week’s Doc crossword in the Speccie appealed to this nerd…

    17D ‘(2-0) + 250 + 55 + 250 = ____?’ (6)

  20. Thanks, Neanderthal. I’ve never quite come to terms with the &lit. concept. A brilliant clue, and a damn shame so many here have no idea who its subject was, despite historic photographs (like the flag on Iwo Jima, Gough pouring the dirt restaged because it wasn’t photographed the first time) and songs (for heaven’s sake, From Little Things Big Things Grow, people, listen to the lyrics!).

  21. Hi all, completely agree with Celia regarding 2d. There’s a great book by Frank Hardy called The Unlucky Australians, which goes into it in detail: he was there. If you don’t know Frank Hardy: Australian novelist sued for libel and defamation of a big mover-and-shaker in Melbourne in the early 20th century: Power without Glory. Must read about corruption – not just then, but with parallels now.

    BTW: not Australian-born, came here in mid 20s, nearly 40 years ago, but I know the song and the story and the novel

  22. xmgjim, there was also a beaut television series of Power Without Glory, but before your arrival here, I believe.

  23. SB. The word is “twelve”. Wordplay is: (two-o) gives ‘tw’, ‘e’ is 250 in (more obscure) Roman Numerals, ‘lv’ is 55 in Roman Numerals and then another ‘e’ (250). :)

  24. Ah thanks Tim C. I guessed it had to be twelve. Not familiar with that roman numeral. There are other mysteries in this puzzle but this isn’t the forum so I’ll leave it at that. Thanks again.

  25. I spent ages, Tim C, trying to connect “250” to “E”. Arcane knowledge 1n500250250500!

  26. Oh well then, since it’s allowed, I’ll slip in one more query. Just stuck on 2D/14A and 16A (souths?)

  27. Tougher this week I thought but all done with help from here thank you!
    All wordplay understood except struggling a bit with 6D anyone please? The definition is the last word but the rest?!
    In 4A I take it that the Australian is 5-6?

  28. RobinH, 6D is a 10-letter word for “novelty” with its leading 3-letter “bar” (think “pub”) “thrown” away, to give you a “hand”.

  29. Thank you, SB.
    And as the father of a plumber my favourite has to be 18D this week!

  30. Hello, is there a place on this website for us simple folk who do DA’s quick crossword to ask a question? I am wondering if a cryptic clue slipped into the Quick on Friday 15 Feb: clue 17 down – “words for sword, perhaps” (7). Why is the answer “anagram”? I would appreciate any enlightenment. Thank you

  31. Julia S, Because “sword” and “words” are anagrams of each other, they have exactly the same letters, only in a different order.

  32. Hi Alice, Many thanks for your speedy response. Embarrassingly obvious, now it has been explained. Thanks again.

  33. I second Gayle’s quibble with 10a! The double homophone theory doesn’t float my boat; where’s the indicator (homophind?) for the non-eggy part, and it’s not the same sound anyway.

  34. spijk: “say” is the indicator that applies to both “ova” and “oared” (rowing is what you do in a galley)

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