DA Confusion for the 23rd of July, 2021

Sydney and Melbourne unite in lockdown confusion resolution right here.

45 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 23rd of July, 2021

  1. OK – done and dusted.
    FOI 4D.
    Then stalled for quite a while.
    Slowly got NE, then SE, then SW and finally NW, with LOI 3D.
    Still do not like DA’s truncations – used several times today.
    Did not know 13A nor 19A.
    10A/11A bit messy for me.
    Pick for best – 7A – and maybe 9D

  2. Puzzle fell into place pleasingly today from top to bottom. Only 17A remains unparsed.

  3. Yes, went smoothly for me too today, done in a little under my normal time.

    FOI 1D, 3D; LOI 7A, 2D. Other good starters might be 19A, 20D, 17A, 13A.

    Brond: yes, 17A is a truncation, clued nby ‘executed’.

  4. First ones 12a,22a,1d,6d,9d,20d,23d. LOI 13a which I got purely from the wordplay and hadn’t heard of.
    Kicked myself for not getting 4d sooner as I’ve lived in both places and was misled into thinking it must be the VIC Epping given it’s DA.
    Pretty straightforward today I thought.

  5. A bit late to the party today. Quite enjoyable. The NW quarter came last. I was wondering earlier whether 4d referred to Sydney or Melbourne, but then noticed that Tim had already provided that piece of timely advice. I’d never heard of 13a (had anyone?), and I needed a few intersecting answers before 19a rang a bell.

    Take care, everyone, as we enter our national emergency.

  6. Forgot to mention that I don’t get 10a/11a. If I need to know a leading soccer star, this is hardly surprising.

  7. Not much activity here today so far. Maybe that’s because the puzzle is pretty mild. However, in 26A, I have the answer and the word play for ‘pretty boring bloke’ but not for ‘principal in school: diminutive’

  8. GrahamM, the soccer star’s first name is 6 letters starting and ending with the same letter. It is his surname which is the important bit.

  9. All done
    I didn’t know the soccer star either.

    Some good ones today.

    Stay safe everyone.

  10. Thank you all, I now understand 10a/11a, although I must say, that anagrind should be illegal.

  11. Possibly the first time ever I’ve completed a DA without resort to any of my trusty ‘helps’. Like many of you, I did look up 13A after the fact – I suspect this might have been an ‘only-word-that-fits’ inclusion (though it does also fit with his educate ‘policy’ – don’t you feel better off?!)
    A wordplay question, though: 1,2 of 21D.
    (And a nitpick while I’m here: 9D should say ‘…6-down’?)

  12. Hi johnno. The first two lettees in 21d are derived from words 3-5 of the clue. Agree re 9d.

  13. Yep, Johhno2 @ 4.33. DA was born and raised in Sydney. But I can’t forgive him for RL, RU, AFL references of which I know nothing about,

  14. Or soccer. Cricket’s okay. Only ‘cos I was a cricket Mum (scorer) on occasions, and had to learn a lot of cricket terms very quickly. No ball, batters crossed, runs and a bye. Too many dots and by then you’ve missed the next one.

  15. Happy to have got this out. Had a few at breakfast then worked out the rest steadily now I’m home. Just couldn’t Prades 26a, in exactly the same way as Jack, till I read DA Junkie.

  16. Thanks, variously-sporty-team. Naturally that’s a ‘D’oh!’ then!

  17. Prades for parse?? Come on spellcheck, that’s a stretch!! But my phone knows I had a nice time in Prades for real, I suppose.

  18. Thanks for the help with parsing 10A and 26A DAJunkie and Tim C. They’re very clever surfaces and wordplay, but I was defeated by my lack of soccer GK.

    Graham M and johnno2. I was chuffed to get 13A , also learnt from son’s childhood activities. Another great surface, which is right where you’ll find them. :-)

  19. 10a I can’t justify 6/7 of first word
    I can’t parse 15d and 16d even though I have the right answers.

    The soccer star was also a champion tax evader “Football star ………..’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud has been changed to a fine by the Spanish courts.”

  20. Letters 6 and 7 of the first word and letters 1-6 of the second word are an anagram of ‘clap home’

    In 15D, correct = 1-3; the rest is an anagram of the alternate letters of ‘reverend if’

    In 16D, 1=a; 2= ‘McLaren’ first; the rest is a 7-letter word for ‘overtaking’ with the first letter dropped

  21. Richard, letters 6 to 13 of 10a/11a are an anagram of “clap home”. Believe it or not, “game” is an anagrind.

    15d “correct” gives 1-3, the rest is alternate letters of “reverend if”, straying (jumbled).

    16d, letters 3-8 are a seven-letter word for “overtaking” missing its first letter.

  22. Dear Jack and Graham Thank you both. I can see 15 and 16 easily now. Don’t know why I didn’t get the overtaking word for 3-8. I had 1/2. I completely missed “game”, but fair enough. I was trying to (over) interpret the second word of the solution. Use of “by” was nicely misleading.

    I have spent the past hour trying to get a better deal on my energy bills. Solving a DA cryptic is much easier than dealing with energy retailers for intentionally misleading comments, obscurity and opacity of pricing!

  23. richard, when you sort out the energy thing, can you let us know? Working from home, freezing cold. there’s got to be a better way.

  24. Any parsing for the final letter of 11a? Have the soccer star, and anagram but unsure where that last letter comes from…
    Thought maybe it was the star, but ‘leading soccer’ would the be a bit vague for 1-5
    It’s the last but unparsed and bothering me!

  25. Richard, I switched to Globird a while back. So far so good – bills definitely less than when I was with Alinta (and Australian-owned too, if that’s important to you).
    And no, I have no connection with them! :)

    But I’ll probably switch to solar one of these days…

  26. I also found this one easy, which probably means I’ll be binning next week’s, if the past is anything to go by.
    No one else seems to have had trouble with 23D. I searched here to see if it was mentioned, but only once, and that to say it was one of their FOIs!
    I’m pretty sure I’ve got it, but I can’t parse it at all.

  27. 23d… “close to bedtime” is 3, “a liquor” is 1,2,4,5 and “strong base” is 6 Carol

  28. Tim C: Ah yes, thank you. Different answer to the one I was thinking of.
    I think I was blind to it because I’ve always hated that spelling of it…

  29. [Off topic Carol@ 1:09. I looked at the Government comparison website and Canstar, but Globird doesn’t come up. Looked at Globird and looking good. Thanks for the tip. If I don’t get my power bills sorted I won’t be able to play DA :-) ]

  30. This was the review that I wrote- at EA’s request- on TrustPilot 24/7/2021.

    Hi Gayle It’s complex -first I suggest googling some articles on Default Market Offer. Govt mandated the Aust Energy Regulator AER to determine reference prices annually (for various classes of typical average users) to help residential and small business customers in NSW, Vic and Qld through the maze of confusing info and offers. DMOs are intended to be “reference prices” for the most common retail energy offers for electricity and gas. In theory DMOs are supposed to be maximums, but not in practice, as I discovered. Perhaps my retailer is unusually greedy. The DMOs depend on where you live, and thus who your energy distributor (not retailer) is. Mine is Ausgrid, as I live in Sydney. AER has recently made its determinations for next 12 months, so now is a good time to act on this. NEXT, look at comparison sites for the best retail offers that can use that energy distributor. The cheapest I found was 29% below the DMO, but with a firm I had never heard of. I decided to stay with my current supplier Energy Australia, for 12 months, as I was able to get a 17% discount (and thus a 23% saving on my present deal) and then reconsider it, if I can be bothered next year. I attach the review that I wrote at EA’s request. Needless to say, EA did not disclose any of the foregoing in its letter to me. This new system has been running for 2 years- a big improvement on before but still not simple. However, after an hour’s work I have saved myself over $300, and probably more next year. Good luck!!

    (This was the review that I wrote- at EA’s request- on TrustPilot) Attractive prices on new Energy Australia plans for Sydney customers, but I discovered this only by accident, after reading a general news article about recent price changes by the market regulator and price comparison tools. EA recently wrote to me to offer the “good news” that my tariffs would reduce, but would still be 6% ABOVE the Default Market Offer i.e. the “reference rate”. There was no suggestion of considering other plans that might be better, even with EA, let alone other providers. After a lot of research I discovered that I could have one of 4 alternative plans from EA, and chose the best which is a discount of 17% against the reference rate- and hence about 23% below what EA would otherwise have continued to charge me. A good result but it means I have been overpaying for a long time, and I only discovered this by accident. Rather embarrassing for an accountant! Energy retailers are exceptionally opaque in their pricing plans and info and very poor in communicating these to customers. Even after a lot of intervention by the ACCC and Energy Regulator, this is a bad state of affairs.

  31. Richard – good grief, how can the average person get across all that?? If an accountant finds it confusing, then the rest of us don’t have a hope!

  32. Hi Carol Yes it’s hard work. Despite efforts by govt, ACCC etc the energy industry is still making it (deliberately?) hard for customers to find their way to facts and a fair deal. I hope that my long screed may help others in the right direction.

  33. Thank you so much richard for going to these efforts and letting us know. I’m in a work group exclusively from home, regardless of covid. Will share this with others.

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