DA Confusion for the 6th of November, 2020

Have your confusions sorted out for this week’s election-week DA!

68 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 6th of November, 2020

  1. Good morning fellow trippers. I shan’t get seriously involved until after my ante-jentacular perambulation of the strand, but the easy ones that jumped out on my initial quick scan were 17a, 19a, 27a, 4d, 6d & 12d.

    Happy solving!

  2. Good morning all,
    Typical DA today, with lots of convoluted wordplays and homophones.
    Good starts for me were 11a, 4d, 12d, 27a and 5a/3d.
    Happy solving.

  3. Had to dive for the dictionary, Graham M, and it wasn’t there, but found it via Google. DA drives me crazy sometimes, but after your excursion there, I might feel happy that DA hasn’t used that word yet.!

  4. @Graham and Arthur C. I too looked up ‘ante-jentacular’, and then on Google ngram for the usage chart. It peaked around 1840. I reckon it’ll peak again for 2020 by the end of the day. :-)
    Agree Andyw, a typical DA, with his wit and humour back after a couple of wayward weeks from memory.

    I spent way too long up the garden path with permutations of wordplay and definitions for 1 across and 1 down, before abandoning that corner going to the SW, which went in quickly.

    Too many ticks to mention before heading out the door for my ante-jentacular trip to work.
    Haven’t yet got the wordplay for 9a and 26 a. Think there’s a wayward apostrophe in 28a.

  5. Done & dusted. Nothing too hard. Still working on the wordplay for 1a, 9a, 13a/24d (beers?). Does the wordplay for 26a involve the word “constrictor”? If so, pretty devious.

    By the way, I first came across “ante-jentacular” in “The Superior Person’s Little Book of Words” by Australian Peter Bowler, that I purchased 22 years ago. In addition to the hundreds of gems it contains, over the years I’ve scrawled about fifty more on the initially empty back page. I do so whenever I encounter a new word that excites me, so I’m ready to throw it into a conversation. But I seldom do, as I seldom remember most of them — perhaps just as well! I apologise for my hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian vices.

  6. Graham M . That h – s word is truly fascinating in its etymology. Thankyou for another gem.
    And thankyou for 26a! Gotta be.
    Re the beers in13/24. I think DA has used that brew before. I remember having to look it up, or something similar. Never heard of it in this part of the world.

  7. Postscript. Although Google tells me it was manufactured by that name in Australia before 1900.

  8. I agree that this was on the easy end of the spectrum.

    I’d never heard of the slang word at 27A but it was obvious once I had the cross letters, although no-one will ever convince me that 16D is a real word.

  9. I thought letters 1,2,5 of 26A fitted the ‘wrapped’ nothing to do with reptiles. Have but a dozen thus far, could harvest only one word from 16D fodder, had to Google to make sure, had never heard of it.

  10. All done.
    A few more words I needed to look up to confirm after deriving from wordplay.

    11a,I think, was in the the quiz recently.
    16d is pretty common slang

    I got the beers looking at the Covid-19 blog site when somebody said he was going to “get on” them. That let me finish of the last couple of stubborn ones.

    Happy solving.

  11. Another fan of Peter Bowler here, he inspired my own modest work!

    Pretty much bang on normal resolution time for me, after another very slow start.

    FOI 6D, 17A, LOI 9A, 1D. Other good starters might be 27A, 19A, 4D, 12D.

    26A new word for me. 16D – really? Sheesh. Still haven’t parsed 9A, 18D,

  12. Andrew T, 18d is “stories” 1-4 and “dirty” 5-7. I still don’t get 9a either. Any nudge from anyone?

    Don’t leave us guessing, Andrew, what’s your “own modest work”?

  13. hi everyone. I have a word for you- cryptorgasm. Its the buzz you get when you puzzle over the clue and it suddenly all falls into place.
    I’ve got the bottom half done and dusted but trying to work out 11A

  14. Pretty straightforward today. First (easier) ones 19a,27a,6d,12d,20d. LOI 9a (wordplay took me ages but the denarius finally dropped). 16d was new to me but I like it. It’s not in Chambers but should be. The ellipsis in 26a is again essential.

    Graham M, did you do the DH on Tuesday? A couple of less common words in there and I’m now trying to work persiflage into conversations.

  15. 5a/3d is a sort of reverse cryptic clue (I think that’s what it’s called). Ask how you create……..

  16. Whoops. I meant to address 9a but hinted about 5a instead. Apologies. There’s a hint about 9a in my first post.

  17. Thanks Tim C for the tip on 9a wordplay (9:41)! All sorted now. 11a was probably my favourite, although 5a/3d was nice too. I’ve seen and heard 16d in use and quite like it too, so I’m happy to see it here. The beer in 13a/24d has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the last 10 years or so, and is pretty much everywhere now (too hoppy for my taste, though).

  18. thanx TimC- got it. as always with DA its a trick working out which bit is the word play

  19. Yes, Tim, I was planning to introduce “persiflage” to my lexicon but I’m worried about the “contemptuous” bit in Oxford’s definition: “Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.”

    I still don’t have a clue re 9a. It’s going to be a big “D’oh” if and when it happens.

  20. Starting by finding 5 letter synonyms for miniature (noun) worked for me.

  21. Graham M – 9A – its a fairly common trick DA uses (and see Tim C’s hint at the start) to do with “Magnified”. Often he uses “multiplied” or “increased” instead.

  22. Well since you ask, Graham M ! it’s called Not a Pig, Not from Guinea . It’s about geographically misleading terms used in everyday English.

    eBook only I’m afraid. Should be on iBooks and Amazon and I think the Google book store too.

    I tried to capture Peter Bowler’s tone, which I found very amusing. Perhaps not very successfully since I don’t think it sold any copies outside my immediate circle of friends! :D

  23. My, you have been busy, Andrew.

    When I scrolled through the preview I noticed a reference to the manx cat, and was reminded of a question I saw on that quiz show “The Weakest Link” many moons ago. The question was “A manx cat has no what?” I wished I was there, as I’d have liked to see what happened when I answered “Second mortgage”. (The contestant responded with “Tail”, equally correct but not nearly as creative …)

    Better get back on topic! I worked out that beer, Gayle (6:44) and Margaret (8:59). A tad obscure, especially to one with a preference for wine!

  24. Long time listener, first time caller. I just had to comment on all the wonderful unique words and I really wish your book was a available as a hard copy, AndrewT, my family would LOVE it!!

  25. A couple of hours ago I got this message …

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview, your comment will be visible after it has been approved.

    … and my comment still hasn’t appeared. Let’s see what happens with this one. Perhaps someone thinks I’m a terrorist.

  26. Nice one today, finished by 2.30pm. Don’t quite get 2D definition, 26A is new to me, as is 16D – a very good word to remember as half my friends are that!

  27. So let me try my comment from two hours ago, again (which, fortunately, I saved) …

    My, you have been busy, Andrew.

    When I scrolled through the preview I noticed a reference to the manx cat, and was reminded of a question I saw on that quiz show “The Weakest Link” many moons ago. The question was “A manx cat has no what?” I wished I was there, as I’d have liked to see what happened when I answered “Second mortgage”. (The contestant responded with “Tail”, equally correct but not nearly as creative …)

    Better get back on topic! I worked out that beer, Gayle (6:44) and Margaret (8:59). A tad obscure, especially to one with a preference for wine!

  28. I didn’t get 2d either, Mick, until I did some research on “energy” drinks.

  29. Another good week for the ellipses! Minor gripe: in my view, 1D answer not quite the same as definition. Liked 28A – showing my age, first heard this term used by Terry McCann speaking to Arthur Daley.

  30. Ha SlowA you just showed me the correct 28A! I had different 2nd and 4th letters and it still works, almost!

  31. Thanks, DAJunkie !

    Sorry reenlisted king , although I could potentially simply print out a home on my own printer here.

  32. Finished in good time today, but can someone help me understand the parsing for 8d, specifically “tagger”?

  33. Jarrah – “tagger” = VANDAL – and then “very wayward” makes it “ANDAL” to give 3,4,5,6,7.
    “when petrified?” gives 1,2,8,9,10

  34. Terrible result for me this week; only eleven correct answers. Completely baffled by about six of the rest, the worst being 2D, 18D and 25A. No-one will ever convince me that 16D is a real word.
    Perhaps it’s time to give up!!!

  35. Keep going. I found this one hard too. Just let your mind percolate and drop in on it a few more times. DA is not above using slang. 16D is usually applied to cute girls with brains.

  36. GeoffD…
    2d definition is ‘mother alternative’ (think ‘energy’ drinks) with 1-3 and 4-7 being 2 kinds of ants.
    18d ‘dirty’ gives 5-7 (think of a dirty blow) and stories (in advance) fives 1-4
    25a ‘also gives 7,2,1 (counters is a reversal indicator), extensive is 3-6 and unlimited mead is 8,9

    If 16d is not a real word, it should be. :)

  37. Margaret and Tim C, thank you yet again for your help. This time I failed to see ‘counters’ as a reversal indicator. Sadly I still can’t see any link between ‘mother alternative’ and energy drinks. Perhaps it’s an age thing.

  38. . From painful experience, I have a healthy aversion to them, as I do with the drink.

  39. Thank you all. I’ve googled ‘mother drink’ and now see how the clue works. Had never heard of it as a drink brand until then. I’ve seen Red bull ads on TV but have not tried any of these types of drinks. Your comments suggest I’ve not missed anything.

  40. My “censored” comment from two days ago never appeared. On the occasions that my letters don’t make it into the Herald, c’est la vie, but here …

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  41. I’ve had quite a struggle this week it’s taken quite a few returns to the puzzle for the fog to lift.
    Trippers was very helpful thanks to all.
    I bombed on 24d I don’t get its connection with beer except for an accident in October 2015 when a brewery truck spilled its load and locals had a party.
    The answer in old Aussie rhyming slang refers to the wrong end for drinks. clearly I don’t understand the wordplay and would welcome illumination.

  42. Just google “beer” and letters 5,6,7 in the answer . It’s a fairly common style these days and is an acronym Ian.

  43. Think Ive got 3d ( something like cheating?) but only stuck on 5a, would appreciate hint?

  44. Franko, apply 3d to 5a, and you’ll get the first two words of the clue.

  45. 5a is an anagram of “news it’s” so read 5a/3d as a clue. Witness tampering is the felony ‘created’ by tampering (anagrind) “witness”.

  46. Thanks also Tim C , 16d still a mystery, got 1,3,5 thats all, and sent a hippo joke word but it got dropped??

  47. 16d is an anagram of koala + bred (breed heartlessly) and the definition is geeky-sweet. It’s probably a word you haven’t heard (I hadn’t) and is a mixture of sweet (as in a sweet person) and geek. In fact letters 2-5 are a synonym of geek.

  48. So its a pun meaning ‘lovely, not’ , yeh, I get it. still got 10a
    G and last A, and 5d, T—E,
    Thanks anyone

  49. Graham M, got a long word for cross between a hippo and platypus!0

    A. Hippopotoplatypus,

  50. 10a 1-8 is an Australian novelist Kate… with the ‘n’ (heading to nursery) missing with ‘a’ at 9. A native plant that lorikeets love.
    5d doesn’t begin with ‘T’. Definition is lugubrious. Dope cropped is 1-3 and Playboy cover is 4,5

  51. If you meant 6d, it’s an old word for “your”, common in Elizabethan English but also in the modern Northern English dialect. 1-4 is taper and shone at tip is 5.

  52. Thanks GrahamM and Tim C
    It’s a tad embarrassing for a retired Civil Engineer to admit to not keeping up with beers.
    A tour of Belgium opened my eyes to the numerous beer varieties and the practice of serving each brand in its own branded glass

  53. Nope, still don’t get 9a wordplay. Or 21a. Enlightenment appreciated!

  54. 9a… miniature is “model”. Terminal of “model” is ‘L’. Magnify (multiply by 20) ‘L’ (50) gives ‘M’ (1000) gives computer device.
    21a… “heart-to heart” is ‘frank’, “love reflected” is ‘lin’ “by a heart-breaking” (anag) is ‘aretha’. Singer defines.

  55. DA full page Omega in smh today (Monday) Usually end of every month, bit late this time, good luck trippers!

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