DA Confusion for the 22nd of April, 2022

Have your confusions sorted out for this week’s glorious DA.

53 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 22nd of April, 2022

  1. Got an early start this morning due to pre-election commitments.

    FOI 6D, 8D. LOI 14D (shamefully!), 24A. Other good starters might be 13D, 10A, 27A, 7D/18A, 21D.

  2. Really flowed for me today.
    Think because I was able to get some of the larger clues early on which gave a lot of letters.
    Started in NE, then SE, then NW and finally SW.
    FOI 7D/18A.
    LOI 14D – this one is a bit problematic and ultimately got by wordplay.
    Thought 10A and 21D were the best clues.
    But also liked 9A, 15A, 2D, 8D.
    In fact I think a lot of good clues today.
    Enjoy all.

  3. All done. Didn’t know 4D, and 14D’s first word can also be spelt with only 4 letters, so don’t be put off!

  4. A typical DA today, with a fair smattering of smiles. I hadn’t heard of one expression, and discovered it relies on my pet hate of Cockney rhyming slang that’s unknown in Australia, along with a very obscure American jockey! Sheesh!

    Odd that 21d doesn’t say what’s descending.

    And I didn’t realise until today that “ø” could be written as “oe”. Then again, I guess you couldn’t have the former in a crossword.

  5. DAJ, I’m assuming that one letter has descended from position 2 to 4, yes? But we weren’t told it was that letter. Or am I mis-parsing?

  6. Graham M – 21D – letters 2 and 3 (synonym of “on”) go to position 4 and 5 as I read

  7. First pass gave a lot… 5a,10a,15a,24a,25a,6d,7d. LOI 2d. Quite a few question marks but favourite was 1a.

  8. Ah, thank you DAJ, you could be onto something. But if you’re right, I think it’s all a bit iffy!

  9. And yes, on reflection, my parsing didn’t account for the changed position of the final letter …

  10. SB – some hints:
    13D – “turning” gives word 1.
    14D – “major centre” = 1.
    20A – 3 letter word plus 9 letter anagram.
    26A/23D – 3 letter word plus 7 letter anagram.

  11. SB – 9A construct – 3 then 4,5,6,7 in 1,2,8
    8D – as a start, “you in Spanish” = 5,6.

  12. Thanks DA. I get 9A and 8D. Have to go out – will come back to the rest later.

  13. All done. Had a bit of trouble getting the wordplay for 17d. All understood now.

  14. 26A/23D probably warrants a question mark, given the stretched meaning of ‘stretcher’ in this case. Overall, this is the easiest DA effort I’ve seen for quite a while.

  15. Done & ditto (thanks to Graham M and DAJ
    Still can’t parse 17D, but likely missing the obvious (again)

  16. LJ, 17d …
    “Stop” gives 1-3.
    The rest is an eight-letter word for “transformation” stripped of its first and last letters.

  17. Enjoyed much of this crossie, but 2 quashing indicators? Neither of which I agree with. Squashing, squishing maybe.
    i coudn’t get to this earlier today. Maybe just having a bad case of Fridayitis.

  18. And 14 d. Happy to see the architect, but never seen that transliteration in that language.

  19. Quash is a hopeless anagrind Gayle, so if you’re having Fridayitis, this old curmudgeon is as well. To quote Chambers… “quash vt to crush; to subdue or extinguish suddenly and completely; to annul, reject as invalid”. I don’t get any sense of mixing from those definitions. I’ve just learned that with DA, any verb at all can act as an anagrind.

    In this list (which I posted last week I think) there are no anagrinds starting with Q…. http://www.clueclinic.com/index.php/anagram-indicators/

  20. Agree that the 5 letters should be 4 in 14d Gayle. I think that would be a more common transliteration to a non-(Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Southern Sami) alphabet.

  21. I know that “ö” in German can be written as “oe” if using an umlaut-less keyboard, eg “schoen” for “schön”. Don’t know about Danish, although the sound of the “ø” here is similar. As I stated earlier, I was surprised to see it spelt this way, although there are some references on the internet.

  22. For what it is worth, I believe “quash” can also mean “beat” – yes, in terms of win / lose – but can then be interpreted as “stir”.
    Not defending it per se – just drawing a connection.

  23. A busy day yesterday. So started late. All done but the NW corner. Any hints fir 1a, 9a, 1d, 2d or 4d?

  24. SandyMc:
    1A – anagram. Defn = “Flipping”.
    9A – as per my earlier entry for SB ie: 9A construct – 3 then 4,5,6,7 in 1,2,8.
    1D – homophone “way in” and “step” as defn.
    2D – defn = “Wader”. Construct is 1 and then 2,3,4,5,6 minus 5.6.
    4D – just an anagram – defn = “immunologist”.

    Hope helps.

  25. 1a, stew is an anagrind
    9a, I stop gives 3-7
    1d, Teller is a homophone indicator
    2d, one is 1. then a 5 letter grazer from which ‘on’ is removed
    4d, an anagram of ‘each urge’ and ‘one’. See the above discussion of quashed

  26. Sorry, got 3d instead of 4d. 4d is as DAJ says. He was quoted a lot in the recent pandemic.

  27. Thanks DAJunkie and Tim C, I had managed to get 4d by googling before returning here. But your help gave me 1a and then the rest fell out.

  28. Great hints, thanks DAJ and TimC. Helped a lot. Am I the only one struggling with 13A and 11D?
    For 11D it seems like an anagram with a couple of extra letters and the definition is the first word…. am I on the right track?

  29. Snaily, you are on the money with 11D. I presume your other problem is 13D, not 13A. Definition is the first 2 words. Turning is 1-6 and smack is 7-10.

  30. Think of Trapping as a noun not a verb Snaily. Usually used in the plural.

  31. Started with 16a last night Loi 22a
    Visited Trippers at Breakfast with 9 to go
    Thanks to DAJunkie, GrahamM, TimC and Gayle got some useful hints.
    Liked 1a, 12a even before a power outage very early this morning waking me with texts from supplier and 27a.
    Overall I agree a pretty straightforward DA
    Regulars might recall ages ago where
    Schrodingers Cat was a 12/3 answer to a clue which fitted the 15 letter grid where the ‘o’ was unaccented and the umlaut interpretation would have needed an extra “e”, I think DA needs to be given some latitude to fit his grid but agree 21d was a stretch along with 11d where I thought word play was a bit too much even by DA’s standards!
    NB I’m working on my punctuation after reading this am’s Wordplay article
    Cheers till next week

  32. IanS… you missed a few full stops there. ;) It was an interesting article.

  33. Aha! Got it, thanks Jack & Tim C. So obvious once you know, I’d been shuffling those letters around thinking about catching people or animals🤦‍♀️
    The other one I’m struggling with is 12A (not 13A sorry). Is it a dd or some synonym with ail added? Even with 6 cross letters, I can’t even think of anything which would fit.

  34. Snaily, 12a is a double definition. The first would be familiar to an electrician, the second to a jockey.

  35. Gayle,
    Blow a fuse – Short circuit
    Inside rails run – is where the shortest part of the track is i.e. Short Circuit.

  36. Graham M
    Just out of interest, “ö” can be written by holding the “alt” key down while typing 148 from the block of numbers on the right of the keyboard (on a desktop, make sure the “num lock” key is pressed first. )
    The German letters using this method are:-
    ß = alt 225,
    Ä = alt 142
    ä = alt 132
    Ö = alt 153
    ö = alt 148
    Ü = alt 154
    ü = alt 129

    French, Spanish and Portuguese accented letters can also be produced using this method, as can fractions and currency (e.g. £ = alt 156)

  37. Thank you, John. I spent a fair bit of a former life programming computers, and indeed have a table of ASCII codes 128 to 255 in a vault somewhere. These days I use them so seldom that if I ever need one, I usually go into Adobe InDesign and select characters from the glyphs menu, then copy and paste into whatever I’m using. (Of course some fonts offer hundreds more characters using extended ASCII codes and other chicanery.)

    If I’m using my tablet, it allows me to hold down a letter then slide my finger to the related character, which is how I got the “ø”, above.

    There’s a wide range of characters in ASCII 128 to 255, but I couldn’t find an interrobang, Gayle. Where did you get your ‽ This is the nearest I could come up with ¿

  38. By the way, I did know about the alt-keypad method, but as all the codes are so hard to remember, my InDesign cut-and-paste method is often quicker. I used to have a list of all the ASCII 128-255 codes stuck to the computer. Perhaps I’ll dig it out and do it again!

  39. Graham M

    Yes Graham, your cut-and-paste method seems far quicker. When I was teaching German and French in my last life, I knew all the alt-keypad codes by heart, as I was using them regularly. These days, however, I rarely have occasion to use them and usually need to refer to my faithful old list whenever I need one. Old age is unforgiving.

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