DA Confusion for the 29th of July, 2022

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

38 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 29th of July, 2022

  1. All out but not all understood yet – still mulling on wordplay for 4A/14A and 1D.
    FOI 20D.
    LOI 18A.
    Lot of very tricky wordplays I thought today eg: 11A, 15A, 19A, 22A, 6D – maybe others.
    Back to a harder DA this week after some easier ones I think.
    Liked 16A and 24A.

  2. Struggled to get started on this one, got a FOI then stalled for quite a while. But ended up completed in not too bad a time overall. Never heard of 26A but was clear from the clue; not 100% happy with the def of 15D but may be influenced by the clothes I wore during a recent political campaign! Hadn’t come across 7D before, either.

    FOI 6D, 20D. LOI 26A, 21D.

  3. Well I thought puzzle 1111 was spiffing! A good work-out for the grey matter, but nothing too taxing. Plenty of smiles, and 1d even elicited a tiny chuckle.

    I always go through each puzzle with a red pen before I start, to mark all the word divisions and hyphenations. (Wouldn’t it be nice if the Herald/Age did this for us? But mustn’t grumble.) Today 1a leapt out at me before I’d even picked up the red pen. This doesn’t often happen.

    Other easy ones were 13a & 9d. I too had never heard of 26a. (Has anyone?) But its wordplay was fairly straightforward.

    Haven’t worked out the wordplay for 12a yet, but I’ve no doubt it will hit me soon. And I haven’t accounted for letters 5-7 in 15a.

  4. Ah yes, thank you Brond. 12a is pretty obvious in hindsight. Don’t know how I missed it. If 15a works the way I think, I don;t like it much.

    Beautiful day here on the north coast, yes?

  5. First pass 13a,19a,20d,25d. Another possible easy starter is 9d. LOI 21d. Also hadn’t heard of 26a. Favourite 1d.

  6. Never heard of 2D or 26A. Struggled a bit in the NW, Liked 1D once I got it.

    Graham M. Interested to hear your view on 15A. My FOI. (Childhood memory).

  7. All out here, too; on the quick end of my personal spectrum. Nice fun in the Gippsland sun.
    At some suitable stage, a parse on 1-3 of 22A would be appreciated (I’m assuming ‘far from adequate’ provides 4-7). And I’m presuming ‘run’ in 21D has the sense of a training run?
    I note that if ever 7D, 7-15s could be suitably trained, as certain of their cousins are, the clue would qualify as an &lit! Perhaps DA had this twinkle in his eye?
    Ditto with the word divisions, Graham, though as I come to them and with the same pen as I’m filling in the answers. A lot of them this week!
    Gayle, my childhood’s 15A was named after a group of our primate cousins.
    [ Another alignment with DA, too, this week: I had 12A in one of my recent crosswords – ‘Nice, simple article on the French Right, Italian Centre, English Left and Spanish Centre-Left’ ]

  8. Pretty sure we have answer for 11ac but cannot parse it – any insight appreciated!

  9. johnno2 22A: 1-3 is an insect I’d never heard of, backwards. You’re right about 4-7.

  10. For 21D, I thought of ‘run’ as ‘operate’. But ‘training run’ is also ok.

  11. johnno2, 22a 1-3 backwards is supposed to be a fly although more accurately it is a maggot of one.
    Julia, 7 letter word for covers with single (one) taken, embodying true.

  12. Thanks x 2, PT!
    Also meant to observe, I somehow manage to create my own 24A (not much else, though!) so this one was slower to come than for some of you others, maybe? ;-)

  13. I cannot believe that 26a is so unheard of; I can name one book that is loved by most people I know (I am sixty).

  14. Oh, you’re right NonithePony, and I’m a bit older than you, but gave it to my son. Shame I didn’t remember the author.

  15. I believe that 21D makes sense also with a change of the 4th letter to ‘a’

    Favourite today is definitely 1D

  16. If you can handle the yuck factor, worth searching for videos about 22A: 3-1 on YouTube; not recommended by the tourist boards of Central and South American countries!

  17. Finished at last I found quite hard and visited Trippers a couple of times for inspiration Don’t think I’d have solved 11A without you.
    FOI 23D LOI 21D. Haven’t got wordplay for19A Liked 7D and 16A
    Usually I don’t quibble but definitions for philosopher is off target in 15A and diploma in 15D is loose in MHO

  18. I am amazed that no-one has posted a question or solution about 24A. I assume from the cross letters that the answer is “lettuce”. I guess that “nowadays” is the politically correct “common era” – “CE” instead of “AD”, but I fail to see the rest of it, Usually the definition is at the beginning or the end of the clue, but here it seems to be the middle word: “leaf”.

    The usual abbreviations for gold are “au” and “or” so I am totally lost here…

  19. Peter, I think it’s just a cryptic definition referring to the current price of lettuces, hence they may well have gold leaves.

  20. Thanks Tim. That’s very obscure even by DA’s standards. I’d have to buy a lot of lettuce to make its weight even worth an ounce of gold at today’s prices…

    I cannot remember the last time that I was unable to complete a DA puzzle without totally understanding each answer. Maybe old age is creeping up one me.

  21. Well, this was my favourite for ages. Lots of terrific defs, like 7d and 11a; & lots of terrific clues, like 1d. And I’m amazed that some of you haven’t heard of M.S. the author of WTWTA. An absolute classic and well known ( I’m looking at you, Graham M & Gayle.)

  22. And while I’m on the M.S. theme – does anyone else ,with grandchildren or children, think that The Gruffalo is a bit of a plagiarise of The Wild Things ??

  23. I’m not a great reader of fiction, Julie. (And I point out that others here had not heard of him, but that Gayle later realised that she had.) I’m proud to say that I did rather well at English in the HSC having read none of the prescribed texts cover to cover. I’m sorry if I’ve shocked anyone.

    That said, those who recommended The Surgeon of Crowthorne to me a month or two ago (yes, I know, it’s not exactly fiction) may be pleased to hear that I read it and enjoyed it. I’ll never think of the Oxford dictionary the same way again.

  24. Glad you enjoyed The Surgeon of Crowthorne, Graham. And I too have not read any Sendak, either in my childhood or my son’s, despite a honours degree in Eng Lit.

    Re 24A, how are the first five letters arrived at?
    “Gold leaf”, indeed! I have my own ‘cash crop’ growing in the vegie patch (and I refuse to spell vegie with a double g).

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