DA Confusion for the 21st of June, 2019

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27 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 21st of June, 2019

  1. Last DA for several weeks, found it was nothing too difficult for a DA.
    FOI 15d, 24a. Liked 3d.
    Good solving.

  2. A little longer than average, coldness clouding my brain I think. FOI 3D, LOI 10A – a new term to me.

    Good starters IMO: 18A, 17D, 13A, 25D, 28A.

  3. Well Dirty Apron duo, certainly so in every Bible version I have seen. My FOI. But i only have five others at this time. Looking for the dramatist (20D,19A).

  4. Didn’t enjoy it much today, and, I confess, for a few clues I resorted to cheating. I don’t get 15a, 3d, 5d or 12d. Maybe I need a month or two’s DA leave? Chuckled over 6a, when the penny dropped re the link with 15d.

    Billy, please don’t give the game away!

  5. Geoff M hopefully won’t give too much away

    5d Story gives 1-4,
    Right to be promoted changes 1-4

    3d: faddish 1970s jewelry gives a word (two words) from which diamonds are removed

    12d: Sons interposed? Contains an anagrind

  6. Billy: the etiquette here is to only give hints, not answers. The hints can get more direct toward the end of the day.

    Geoff M:
    3D: def is first two words of clue. Take a term meaning “faddish 70s jewelry” and devoid it of Diamonds.

    5D: def is first two words of clue. Take a 4 letter word meaning ‘story’ and promote the Right in it to get letters 1-4. “Set off” clues letters 5,6, ‘cast’ letters 7-11.

    12D: def is first word of clue. “Host’ clues letters 1, 11.; ‘entertaining’ (including) an anagram, which I can’t think of a way of hinting without giving it away!

  7. Geoff M – 15 A – “caucus backing” = 1. Rest from “a bad smell”. Defn = “Give”

  8. Got held up in NE corner because 1a has no indication what size the bear is! Still stuck on 7d and second word of 10a, if first word is the obvious one that fits.

  9. Thank you billy Gau, had decided I needed someone with the BERG ending, but had never heard of this bloke,

  10. Thanks to all who helped! It all makes sense now!

    Mary, 7d, definition is first two words. Read upwards it means “hurried up” but missing its final letter. (I thought “barely” might mean first and last letter, but not this time.)

    10a is a French term. “Jumping” is an anagrind that includes a regular fool.

  11. Pretty straight-forward today, although 10A is new to me; “jumping” is also a new anagrind to me.

  12. Thanks, Geoff M. I see now – I’d discounted the right answer to 7d because I was thinking of Tolkien’s version, which is certainly not little (ask Orlando Bloom!)

  13. Arthur C shows our biblical poverty. I’d always thought the land of Nod was a nod to sleep!

  14. FOI 8D. LOI 12D (it took me ages to ‘get’ the wordplay and I’m still 16A/9A of the anagrind in there).
    Favourites 23D and 27A (also in all the multiple versions I have of the bible Arthur).

  15. Dirty Apron duo, the word is the root of the Hebrew word for to wander, so it could just be a land of wandering rather than a specific land country.

  16. In today’s WordWit (beside the cryptic), has anyone else noticed DA’s alternative fact about last month’s election result? A lot of people did at the time, but calling it wrongly with hindsight has to take a special talent.

  17. In today’s WordWit (beside the cryptic), has anyone else noticed DA’s alternative fact about last month’s election result? A lot of people did at the time, but calling it wrongly with hindsight has to take a special talent.

  18. Dirty Apron it spoils the whole thing if you give away the answer. Just hints, please.

  19. I hadn’t noticed, Nicholas, but now that you mention it …

    Perhaps there’s another solution that we haven’t thought of …

  20. Wordwits are prepared many weeks in advance, so perhaps thus one was done pre-May 18, and DA was trusting the opinion polls?

    Just a thought …

  21. Late, I know, but only get to it afternoons.

    Geoff M: think 10A anagrind is “up before a” with the regulars of fool (should be irregulars) IMO

  22. Thanks, Xmgjim – “jumping” is anagrind, the other bit is anagrist, but you got me to the destination!

  23. I’m inclined to agree with you, Geoff M. – and definitely not throwing stones. Occupational hazard, and can be forgiven a minim*oboo like that.

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