DA Confusion for the 24th of June, 2016

Get your confusions sorted out for this week’s wintry rush of DA.

70 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 24th of June, 2016

  1. Late start today. I have2 Couples (A&B) but can’t place them yet. Don’t like Spoonerisms!

  2. Got top half done mostly but struggling in the south, as missing some of the non coupled clues.
    So Ray’s all done, Andyw has A & B, Celia has A&F, and Gayle has A &D.

  3. 18A and 27A are the only 2 non coupled clues I’ve got in the bottom. My guess for 16D “ice chest” was proved wrong by 18A whose third letter is O. Got 18A from the anagram.

  4. Andyw 18A defn is first word! ditto 25A; hints for 27A “damn” gives letters 4 & 8; & 17D definition follows comma.

  5. Think I’ve got F and where they go.
    17 D def last 4 words Celia says. Can’t see it, not plain and simple to me. Gonna have to give it away and go to work. Fun puzzle.

  6. Should have checked the spelling for my guess for B working backwards from the crossers, rather than def and wordplay. Was right the first time.

  7. I always have trouble with DA’s puzzles like this. Can someone tell me if the Couple Clues relate to people couples or things?

  8. Helen, the couples are not all humans, and some are fictitious.
    Probably said too much now.

  9. I have quite a few of the non-coupled clues. But I have no idea how to proceed. I may be very dim but I just don’t understand the instructions. Are clues A-F meant to produce two 6 letter words each? Do they produce one word, for which there are two possible 6 letter word answers?

  10. Julian, I only have F. The clue can be split into two halves after the word one and gives two names which are famously coupled together

  11. You can say A,B,C,D,E&F all have the defn = “Partners”.
    And answer can be written / read as “xxxxxx and yyyyyy”.
    Example (and NOT one of the answers) “HECKLE and JECKLE”.

    Hope helps

  12. I am hacking away at this during work and have a fair bit done, cannot wait for someone to explain wordplay for D a bit later.

  13. D – “Rat” gives word for letters 1,2,3,5,6. “bags?” = positioner. “One” gives letter 4. “ransacked” = anagrind – fodder “hamlet” – for the other letters 1,2,3,4,5,6.

  14. Jason – 9A – “Captain” = letter 1. “rough” gives an 8 letter word, with first letter removed (“blowing lead”) for letters 2,3,4,5,6,7,8. Defn = “ocean pursuit”.

  15. W. Jack – 15D – “skates here” as “skates” are a ‘first word’.

  16. MJH – 18A – anagram of “lad, suitor” and “love” (as 1 letter). Defn = “Adoring”.
    17D – anagram of “need a key”.

  17. And W. Jack – 15D – the ‘trick’ here is that the second word is British slang for “rat on”.

  18. E- “Ramshackle” = anagrind. Fodder = “as town”. For letters 1,2,3,4,5,6.
    “house for 11-across” (where 11A = homophone indicator) for second letters 1,2,3,4,5,6.
    “Defn” (as I flagged above) = “Partners”.

  19. Stuck on 16 down. Uses two theme names differing only in central letters. Even swapping them around, still can’t get handle on it. Answer for 16D would help me solve B [“key loosely grasped by mate” presuming I’ve solved correctly “heard opening”]

  20. Celia – OK – B second word has “Y” has third letter and that is last letter of 16D.


  21. MJH – following Ann – 11A – “Antiseptic pioneer” gives letters 1,2,3,4,7,8. Hope helps.

  22. Thanks, Ray, I had H instead of another letter for first of 26ac. D’oh!

    Yes, it helped. Have to think about B now – ah, got it, was overthinking, towards the less mundane! The others are Classics!

    All done, and as you say, Ray, “all understood”!

    Happy solving, everyone, ciao!

  23. A toughie all right. Got the first couple from the ransacked Hamlet. Couple F last in.

  24. Arthur C is weeping tears of blood. How frustrating for him.
    Why can’t he log in – ‘comment’. The Brotherhood of day trippers. FriDay.
    It must be a setting in his browser. Since he installed Windows 10.
    Any helpful person in Ballarat, please help him.

  25. Laurie E: I had the same problem as Arthur, when using Microsoft Edge, I’d click “Post Comment” and my post would vanish. No problems thus with Firefox, except I need some arcane unknown plug-in to get “Today’s paper” digital replica, so use Edge for access to that!

  26. You can still use Internet Explorer with Win 10. It is in Start Menu > All Apps > Windows Accessories > Internet Explorer

  27. Yes -taking out 12 underfined answers, without definitions or locations, left hard tasks. I had never heard of ‘C’… and then also toughies like 13d DA there;s an election on!

  28. Hi all, only just got time to have a good go at this one. All out except 23A
    Pretty sure my cross letters are right but… no idea! Did no-one else have problems with this one?
    Gentle hints pls?
    Cheers -Andrew

  29. Hi Andrew,

    23A – “Bit” gives a 3 letter word for letter 3,4,5. “into” is a positioner. “steak: gives a 4 letter word for letters 1,2,6,7. “a” gives letter 8. “dope stored” = defn.
    Gentle hint?!?

    Do not look below:

    Answer = me TAD at A.

  30. Just one left to do…….13 down all vowels in and no consonants. Help please.

  31. LC – 13D – Defn = “Abuse”. “Pilot” (as verb) gives a 6 letter word (with first letter removed – “heading off”) for letters 1,2,8,9,10. “to claim” = positioner. “soaring” = reverse indicator. “fame” gives a 6 letter word (with last letter removed – “briefly”) for letters 7,6,5,4,3.

  32. Thanks Ray, never would have got that. And my word finder let me down badly! lol
    Ah well… 2 big sleeps until the next round of DA shenanigans.

  33. 27A – ok, I think I know the answer, but how does he get 4,8 from ‘damn’ and 1,2,3 from ‘audit was aware’?

  34. Martin S – 27A – ‘damn’ = “MY” as in “Oh my” for 4,6.
    ‘audit’ = homophone indicator. “was aware” = ‘KNEW’ which sounds like “NEW” for 1,2,3.

  35. Thanks Ray!

    I’ve only recently started tackling DA’s so there is quite a lot to learn about his style.


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