DA Confusion for the 2nd of April, 2021

Don’t be an April Fool! Have your confusions sorted out for this week’s DA.

98 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 2nd of April, 2021

  1. I understand there will be no newspapers on Goof Friday, 2nd April 2021.
    I had assumed that this means there will be no DA this week. Can anyone clarify this, please?

  2. benadem – DA as per normal. I don’t know about the hard copy papers, but is published on line as usual.

  3. Andyw – OK – thanks – but is that only at 120V? So I still don’t get it. Unless that is a standard for some reason.

  4. Hi,
    There has been no image SMH or Melbourne Age since March 28th via the state library website.
    I have ben in touch with both Newsbank and the library, and nothing has been resolved yet.
    Does anyone have any ideas about what’s happening?
    Can anyone display the DA for me…I’m feeling a bit bone-idle about going to the closest news vendor.

  5. Sorry hc, beyond my capabilities, but someone here might help you out. Only I think this might be a repeat of a previous experience when the crossword was only available to subscribers on another holiday. I don’t want to put you off but I didn’t particularly enjoy today’s and I remember the other one was much the same.

  6. Thanks AndyW for 1D, although I think we’ve had discussions before about amps and watts. I was trying to fit Naomi in there or a combination of roman numerals. :-)

  7. Gayle, thank you for getting in touch. I remember the other time. You have relieved my disappointment somewhat by saying you didn’t particularly enjoy the DA today.
    This situation with the Fairfax group is a bother, hopefully it will be worked out soon.
    Enjoy the holidays.

  8. Re commentary on the other ‘Fairfax’ setters, to round out last week’s Confusion, Liam Runnalls got the gig at The Saturday Paper to replace Mungo. Early indications (it’s my partner’s weekly dose to my DA dose) are it’s a close like-with-like replacement.
    I’m a Friday-only, hard-core purchaser. DAJunkie, any chance you could photograph and email grid and clues? (capejohnno2@hotmail.com).
    Re issues with online, hc, Nine Media had a massive hack attack, reported as likely to disrupt publications. This may be it.

  9. In the many years that I have been doing cryptic crosswords, I have never failed to complete a DA … until today.

    I had to cheat (use an internet search) to complete 18A, assuming I am correct and it’s related to horse-racing – a brutal industry.

    I have no idea about 12A.

    I assume that 2D is the name of a chef but I have never heard of him/her/it.

  10. johnno2,
    I hadn’t heard about Nine Media’s problem, maybe that is what is happening, I hope so.
    Thanks for that. I checked the other papers, and the “horror of horrors” one was still available, but I couldn’t bring myself to be bothered with it.

  11. Solving today was 7D, which came early from guessing the def, but still haven’t put the jigsaw together. I got the feeling that DA was trying to cram in as many foreign words as possible so we couldn’t cheat. My last two in were the crossing 12A which I still can’t parse, and 2D which I couldn’t be bothered. NHO the answer. Also yet to parse 22A, 24A and 20D.

    Have the usual quibble about homophones of foreign words but I’spose if that’s the way it’s commonly said in Oz it’s fair. And queries about some of the grammar and definitions. Don’t know much about Adam and his grandson so looked him up but I’m not convinced of the answer. There are Wiki entries saying ‘not to be confused with …… ” Someone may be able to enlighten me. Although that could open a Pandora’s box.

    Oh well, I remember when I was a child with a Lutheran grandfather we weren’t allowed to play on Good Friday. Maybe this is my karma :-)

  12. 18A – “Green” = 1,2. “jumper in the main” = 3,4,5,6,7,8,9. And yes – horse racing.

    12A – very knowledge specific. I got by wordplay, and then had to look up.
    “rejected” = reverse. “a” = 5. “second name” = 2. “text” = 4,3,1.

  13. Agree with all of your comments Peter. (Sorry was away too long with my ramble and hadn’t refreshed.)

  14. Gayle – re 17A, I found no ambiguity.
    2D is 1 to 4 and 10 to 15 around a word 5,6,7,8,9
    22A – you will most likely go “doh”.
    24A – I think quite clever. Swap 2 for 2.
    20D – yep, not sure I have exactly right, but got there with “hold midriff” giving 4,5. And rest 1,2,3.

  15. Gayle, no grid forthcoming, but you gave me a huge smile when I read about your grandfather.
    I was raised by a strict uncle and aunt…Catholic…who thought that the pre-vatican 2 idea of no meat on Friday, meant that we had to eat only fish, and it always seemed to be flathead or mullet that he scaled (but NEVER filleted ). I was envious of other kids who were given anything else instead of meat…and the thought of being able to eat bought fish in batter, wrapped in newspaper was simply an unattainable dream.
    So Gayle, cope with the karma you are having now, and spare a thought for the others whose grandparents weren’t Lutheran!

  16. DAJ, thanks for the comment about 12A. I had worked out all the letters needed for the answer but the only word that I could find is an Asian pastry. It seems that the definition is a “noted crawler”. I assume that “noted” signifies something musical and as a musician myself, I still have no idea.

    Thanks for the support Gayle; now I don’t feel too broken-hearted.

  17. Ah, Good Friday. Apart from Christmas, the one day of the year that the paper isn’t delivered. In past years I’ve spent a few memorable hours driving around various service stations until I’ve found one. Today’s effort was fruitless. But I do subscribe, so I downloaded online. My search for a hard copy was probably a bit masochistic.

    Have barely begun but quickly scanned the above. I don’t claim to know much about the finer points of electricity, but isn’t it the case that you can’t convert watts to amps without volts getting a look-in?

  18. Sorry DA but you cannot just ‘make’ 600w equal 5 Amps unless there is an indication of where or what. You may as well say 1200w or even 700w or whatever
    There would have been many other ways to clue that word
    I’m not one of those in awe of DA, I do it like any other of the 7 days, Sunday is most difficult and Saturday the best challenge

  19. Hardcopy delivered as usual this morning.
    A slow start with 8D,9D,21D and I’m working on a few remaining wordplays. LOI 12A.
    1D is un-Australian and should be 1200W IMO, unless DA was thinking cars in which case it should have been 60W.
    Off-line most of today. 23D

  20. I struggled parsing 12A but I think ‘noted crawler suddenly’ doubles the name of a rapper and Kafka’s transformed cockroach character

  21. Kay, you must live in a more civilised part of the country. No newsagents around here would get out of bed on Good Friday morning even if a nuclear war had broken out.

    We’ve had no end of disruption recently, with floods and the hack. I hope this is taken into consideration when next they help themselves to a monthly subscription from my bank account.

    I’m abandoning ship today. Only got about a third out, and wasn’t enjoying it. After looking at the solution, was glad I stopped trying. See youse all next week.

  22. Looks like it’s the local library next week for me then. Usual helpers please check in for my usual pleas, even later than usual – I’ve avoided detail of foregoing but I sense similar anguish to last week!

  23. Thanks DAJ for wordplays above. I got hold of the wrong midriff, thinking it was one of DA’s ‘lift and separate’ clues, and the other midriff I thought was a shortened word for an extra large middle, but I couldn’t crack the ‘crack’. I do like the allusions in midriff. slump and crack, and the misdirection of Alpine belt.

    And, thanks Grace B for 12A! I ‘suddenly’ get it. I studied that Kafka work in one of my earlier incarnations.

  24. Both really enjoyed this one. Bit flummoxed by 12a got the wordplay, but don’t know which branch of specific knowledge defines. Can anyone shine a light?

  25. 11A – As a start, “back to work” = 1. Won’t give rest yet unless still stuck.

  26. Thinking some more about 1d. If DA had not included the 600, perhaps, at a stretch, it might have worked? Aren’t watts occasionally referred to as volt-amps?

    Tko, look at 11a as 1/2-3/4-7. The material is used by meteorologists in psychrometers, among other things.

  27. @ Graham M. Thankyou for a new word ‘psychrometer’. If I hadn’t seen it in context I would have thought it was some fakery, but I see it’s been around since the 18th Century and comes from the Greek psukhros ‘cold’. As for the material, I only know it from cheese-making and clothes.

    @ tko the President and his office is not from the English-speaking world (like many clues in today’s DA). You have to think outside the Square.

  28. Gayle, my excuse is that it’s easier to say than “wet/dry bulb thermometer”, which is what I used to call it. I can’t use the same excuse for using “pluviometer” as a grandiloquism for “rain gauge” — it just doesn’t hold water! And cheese-making hasn’t featured in my life to date …

    I’m getting awfully off-topic here. Might go for a walk.

  29. My paper arrived as usual, not that it’s doing me much good. Slower than usual even for me. I’m deterred by the comments about the number of foreign words. I think this one is destined for the bin.

  30. I’m enjoying today’s da.
    Btw, 2d is a very well known and wonderful chef, cookbook writer and London restaurateur
    It’s ok by me that he’s not English …his food is wonderful

  31. DAJunkie @ 8:29.
    Nuh, despite your help, no ‘doh’ moment for 22A, and still don’t get what I’m swapping for what in 24A.
    Also , nobody’s mentioned it, but can’t parse letters 9-15 of 7D.

  32. 8D is certainly appropriate for this day, as it appears in “the way of the cross.”

    By comparison with other weeks, today’s puzzle was very difficult, what with all the obscure answers.

    Although no one has mentioned it, I have been unable to ratify the last 7 letters of 7D from the wordplay. What am I missing?

  33. Bought hard copy paper at local convenience shop. Enjoyed this much more than last week. Some clever, some funny, several easy. I agree with Cokes and others: 1D is outrageous- stay away from physics, please, DA. There is no equivalence between amps and watts -it depends entirely on the assumed voltage. Minor quibble-I don’t like the substitute for “saw”- not the same.

    7D I’m stuck on last 7 letters- I have the solution and first 8 parsed. Hints please.
    Thanks GraceB for 12A- I should have thought of K

  34. Gayle,
    22A – “ends”.
    24A – “Aluminium” for “mining hub”
    7D – “doctor” 12-15. And I take “orderly” to give 9,10,11.

  35. In 1D, I have no problem with W = VI, But I have no clue what the ‘600’ does.

  36. Thanks for 7D, DA Junkie. I have a correction for you regarding 24A: Aluminium is not a replacement; The mining hub is actually nickel (Ni) and it is dropped altogether from the first nation to give the answering nation.

  37. You’re right DA Junkie, a ‘doh’ moment for 22A.
    And can now see 24A, another ‘doh’. Thankyou.

  38. @ Jack, I think we have to read 24A as having a full stop after aluminium.

  39. Jack – yes – I was simply wording it as “swap 2 for 2” rather than give detailed wordplay. Sorry if if was unclear. But in past I have been rebuffed for giving too much detail too early. SO now I at least try to leave it more obscure.

  40. I agree, Gayle, and that reinforces my point; there is no substitution, just a deletion of nickel.

  41. Yep, we’re all in agreement, Jack and DAJ. I do like your less detailed hints DAJ. It’s been good to have some time to think and come back again. Those were the days (before Trippers) when I waited for the newspaper deliverer’s whistle, or the thump (and later thump thump) on the footpath and I had to wait for the paper the next day for the solution and I was still none the wiser. Thoughts are with Trippers who didn’t get their fix today.

  42. Graham M, 9-11 you’re right. They’re not orderly but ‘in’ in 60s lingo. I read it that way once DA Junkie gave us the ‘doctor’ but didn’t pay close attention.

  43. Thanks Sandy Mc – that makes more sense than what I thought.
    I did, however, find an obtuse reference to HIP –> HEP associated with Norman Mailer. But that is too stretched and “in” is much better.

  44. After getting am email saying no delivery today, my paper was delivered. But like many I am finding this hard.
    I do have a quibble with 17a. Adam’s grandson has one letter different. The answer is actually his great great great great grandson (Gen 5).

  45. @ Sandy Mc. I found that quibble too re Adam’s grandson, but I couldn’t comment on the genesis.

  46. Nearly there (with a bit of word-finder cheating). But still struggling with 16a, 16d and 25a. Any hints?

  47. Although I didn’t get the paper, I’m sitting here smiling. The trippers comments have been entertaining, and a bit mind-boggling!
    See you next week.

  48. As usual. Got them just after posting. But still don’t get the wordplay for 25a apart from the worker (last three letters).

  49. Sandy Mc,
    25A – misdirection. “case-worker” is 1,2. “designer” is 3,4,5,6,7

  50. Sandy Mc, letters 1-2 were clued last week as “sleuth” and this week as “case-worker.” The rest is a well known designer’s surname. In this case, the worker is not an ant.

  51. Thanks Jack. My first attempt had the case of pursuing (first two and last two letters) followed by a specialist. But I thought that was a bit of a stretch for ‘worker’.

  52. 7D re the discussion on 9-11 and “orderly”. I agree that “in” is likely to be what DA had in mind, but in which case why is “orderly” in the clue at all, before the full stop- unless the full stop is a misdirection? However, there is another, more obscure, possibility: Chambers gives (as a possible explanation of the common USA usage) “perhaps 9-11 is for “left” (command in drilling) with ideas of being in step.”

    Does DA ever stoop to explain his clues, after the event?

  53. @ richard. Agree wiith Tim. The military connotation was my first thought for 9-11 too, but I think that is the ‘in’ word.

    DA very rarely steps in here but I’m sure he’s listening.

    DA, why did you set this puzzle on a day when some have no access to the paper and we’re all supposed to be relaxing?! I could never have solved this sitting out in the sun with the paper and a pen, without google and Trippers.

  54. Maybe it’s to give us a challenge over the l-o-n-g weekend, like happened last Christmas or whenever it was. Shame that not everyone has got the dead tree version and can join in.

  55. Not sure what the problem is with access Gayle. Like I said earlier, the dead tree version arrived this morning as usual. The only day it doesn’t is my birthday. I can see the interactive and facsimile version on-line as a subscriber.
    I just tried posting a link to a screenshot, but this site thought my post was spam and disallowed it. Any other ideas?

  56. Happy Easter Trippers. All out (with a lot of help from Google – eg 26/13, , 16A and 2D were new to me). Still don’t quite understand wordplay for 7D despite the help from above.
    I have no background in physics or electrical stuff but for 1D google conversion of 600 watts to amps fitted perfectly. For 24A I don’t see why nickel has to come into it, just ‘mining hub’.
    Overall I enjoyed it.

  57. Google would say that because it’s US centric, SB. It’s called American Cultural Imperialism. They have approximately half the mains voltage of Australia. The simple equation is Watts = Volts x Amps. Multiply 1D by 240 Volts to get 1200 Watts.

  58. Fair enough – Thanks Tim C. Still, for DA purposes it was good enough for me :)

  59. Sorry, SB. I didn’t mean to blur the discussion by introducing nickel; it’s just that the symbol for nickel is synonymous with mining hub.

  60. A happy Easter to all.
    Dirty Apron Duo: 12A is a famous literary character (that should narrow it down for you…)
    And as usual, no one is talking about the one that’s giving me trouble: 14D. Hints appreciated.
    Also 19A – I’ve got it but I don’t understand how the twerking bottom fits in.

  61. Carol – 14D – “Movie” gives a 5 LW. “not very” removes first letter to give 1,2,3,4. “grand” = 5. “hit” gives 3 LW for 6,7,8. “hard” = 9. Defn = “Chinese doodle”.
    19A – “twerking” is the anagrind to apply to “stooge” to give first 2 words. And “bottom” gives the 3rd word. Defn = “Turns in”.

  62. Jack said: 8D is certainly appropriate for this day, as it appears in “the way of the cross.”

    And richard asked if DA ever explains his clues after the event. Sometimes he comments on twitter @dontattempt. Went there and funnily enough it led me back to the article in the link below which is to the SMH and The Age yesterday (online version anyway). Amongst other things, the author Andrew Gigacz talks about doing DA crosswords on Good Friday.

    I came back to the crossword to see if I’d missed something, like the grid being in the form of a cross, or a nina, but couldn’t see anything.

    hc, you and Andrew Gigacz may share some Catholic memories.


  63. johnno2@7:54 yesterday
    LR has a gig in today’s SMH paper. Giant Crossword, like an Omega, mostly quick but a few cryptic.

  64. Thanks for the article by Andrew Gigacz, Gayle. It is a good read. I do, however, take issue with one of his statements. Although the Catholic Church hierarchy encouraged its flock to attend services on Good Friday, it was not (and still is not) a “Holy Day of Obligation (HDOO).” There were five of those in the period to which he alludes, namely Christmas Day, New Years Day, Ascension Thursday, the Assumption and All Saints Day. Nowadays only two remain as HDOO, i.e. Christmas Day and the Assumption (15 August). Andrew appears to have slightly gilded the lily to buttress his story; I guess, however, that a little poetic licence is not really a bad thing in constructing a good story.

  65. I have no knowledge of HDOO but the author’s story of DA saving him from long, boring Good Fridays made me laugh, as did his ‘stations of the crossword’. I think AS started Trippers after enjoying crosswords with friends in cafes in Melbourne so that we could all join in the fun.

  66. Apologies if that sounded irreverent, Jack, not intended. My German Lutheran grandfather’s quiet presence just appeared. Amazing how I’m now approaching the age I last remembered him, and I still feel guilty for laughing on Good Friday.

  67. Hmm, DA saving him from Good Friday? While I enjoy DA every Friday, Good Friday to me is about the one who saved me from much worse than a boring ritual. No boring ritual involved for me though, just a gathering of people who rejoice in that salvation.

  68. Same here SandyMc although I’m not an observer of any special days (including my birthday :) ).

  69. Sandy Mc, yeah that article annoyed me too. Not by the writer so much – of course the man’s got a right to his opinion, but by SMH – it is typical of them to acknowledge Good Friday by running an article that denigrates the whole idea of it.

    Gayle – chuckled at your grandfather suddenly looming!

  70. Having looked at the solution and with a record seven answers I’ve never heard of plus about six more with wordplay I found baffling I’m glad I didn’t pursue this one. Even the ‘Quick’ had some strange answers.
    I enjoyed the ‘Stations of the crossword’ but judging by an editor’s note in the Age letters page this morning many found it disrespectful.

  71. Gayle, good to know your blessed Lutheran grandfather comes to mind at times.
    Andrew Gigacz has forgotten that the stations of the cross were on around 10a.m. on Good Friday, and the passion of Christ was on at 3 p.m. that day.
    I reckon your grandfather would be delighted to know that you remember his teaching, and probably enjoying a chuckle himself!

  72. If anyone’s still out there, why has 20D got ?! at the end. As far as I can see, it’s a straight definition followed by word play. Maybe a ? for the pun of crack, but not ?!

  73. Finished an hour ago and had afternoon tea.
    I’m always slow as I solve over multiple sessions. My wife asked what was wrong I’m usually still at it into Saturday evening!
    I visited Trippers with 6 to solve and found hints helpful as usual.
    I visited zinzan_xwd.livejournal.com to get his summary and take on wordplays.
    He finishes with a rating today’s rating was very low.
    Viv the above website is worth a visit he wasn’t impressed with 20D
    Happy Easter everyone

  74. Agree Viv. Not an &lit. Just a lot of references to corpulence, and the proverbial plumber.

  75. But zinzan thinks Durer is ‘niche’. He needs to get out more and Google “durer hare” or “durer rhino”. The young hare is a stunning
    watercolour masterpiece from 1502.

  76. AUS is 230V AC … so 1150W

    I use 24VDC in my work. I think he just searched for 5 Amps …

  77. My take on 1D was slightly different:
    600 in Roman numerals is DC ((directs current) and he is using V for volts. Then adding amps and fusing them together.

  78. 7A makes sense including the ‘suddenly’, if you think of Kafka!

    I’m stuck on the chef though. Even google doesn’t seem to help me!

  79. You’re right, Matt. This chef hasn’t made it to Wikipedia’s very extensive list, though if I know him then he should! Very commercial and rather televisionish. Dual nationality, one starts with ‘I’ (not the obvious one!) the other ‘B’. Surname could easily be a dish from the obvious ‘I’, I reckon!
    Late help request (Zinzan doesn’t show the ‘Downs’ when I went to the website?): How on earth does ‘…midriff slumped in crack…’ deliver 1,2,3?

  80. Johnno2, on the Zinzan website there is a tab with a ‘v’ in it at the bottom of the ‘Across’ answers which when clicked shows the Down solutions.

  81. johnno2,
    20D crack = try (a go/attempt at something, have a crack at) and the middle letter (midriff) ‘r’ is slumped, ie dropped to letter 3.
    zinzan does have the down clues. There’s an inverted caret below the across clues which you need to click on.

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