12 across: Frequent flyer strikes trouble with online trade (5)
I know the answer is e-tail = online trade; I just don’t know why (although trouble has an e as its tail).
7 down: Top crawler disrupts bent magic (8)
Here, the answer is wizardry = magic. The rest?
4 down: In desert, left for love, make love to actor (6, 6)
Actor = Marlon Brando, but what goes on with the rest of it?
17 down: Damned thug gives no end of trouble (8)
I was never gonna get this one, and now that I’ve consulted dictionary.com to make sure, I’m still none the wiser on how to begin explaining why ballyhoo is the answer.
8 thoughts on “So Confused on the 31st of July”
12A: to strike trouble is to ail. i’ve never seen ET, but did the titular character fly much?
7D: to top crawler is to behead ‘lizard’, hence ‘izard’, in ‘wry’ as in a wry facial expression is a twisted one
4D to maroon is to desert, ‘l’ for ‘o’ gives marlon. to make is to brand? plus o for love
17D: bally is british term for damned. thug with no end is hood without d. which gives ballyhoo = trouble
my three confusions were 3D, 13A & 16D
also, two questions:
9A: what indicates that the ‘v’ is in the anagram? if it’s the “Gives … to”, doesn’t that make it an &lit clue kinda?
10A: why does cherishes mean ‘put inside’, is it because to cherish is to ‘hold in one’s heart’? or is there a simpler reason?
12A: i’m sure that can’t be right. i retract the suggestion
4D: a brand is a make, as in a brandname
Thanks for that MF.
Here’s the favour returned:
3D: Seville is in the south of Spain, and I suppose people from Seville are Sevillians, which when outspoken becomes civilians.
13A: to stop = bar, devil = nick (as in Old Nick), and all that reversed and next to nothing gives olive drab, the military uniform colour.
period = stop (as in full stop)
curtailed cover-up = curtailed drapes-up = drap-up = pard
With your questions:
9A: I reckon the “to” alone is what means move v into the anagram, as in “Ron Barassi to Carlton for big bucks”
10A: I’m happy with cherishes meaning “put inside”, or embrace.
thanks for ending my confusions!
however, i’m not quite satisfied by your answers to my two questions
hopefully someone will provide a satisfactory answer to etail
12A: to ail, according to Chambers is to trouble or afflict; to strike trouble is to run into trouble, so ET (the frequent flyer) runs into ail = etail.
re 9A: I thought this was a very elegant DA clue. I like the way he overlaps elements of the clue to create confusion.”Gives”indicates the definition as well as supplying the bridge to the construction of the anagram. To “harry” seidler is a clever smokescreen…isn’t that what cryptic crosswords is all about?
Agreed on 9A; thought this was a candidate for gold. Likewise 1D. And 4D now that it’s been explained. 1A and 19D also amusing in DA’s inimitable way …