DA Confusion for the 9th of September, 2022

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

34 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 9th of September, 2022

  1. For me, akin to last week – nothing special.
    All out and think all understood, but still to convince myself on 6D wordplay.
    FOI 1A.
    LOI 20D.
    Effectively just worked clues in order around grid.
    Did not know 16D but got straight from wordplay.
    Ditto 12A/1D.
    15D may be my pick for best.
    Or 14A?

  2. Me2 … done in about usual time, no really outstanding ones although 24D raised a smile.

    FOI 1A, 8D. LOI 27A, 16D.

  3. 11A – “crack” = 1,2. “disturbed here and there” = 3,4,5,6.

  4. A typical DA today, no candidates for my Cryptic Clues Hall of Fame, but a pleasant experience with no groans. 21a & 13d are easy starters. New to my lexicon 12a/1d & 7d, along with 16d, for which I also had to check pronunciation! I have a “Huh?” list of three, but I’m sure they’ll hit me before long.

  5. First lot 1a,10a,21a,2d,4d,13d,18d,22d. LOI 19d. No real favourites. Most won’t have heard of 16d and maybe 12a/1d

  6. All out, for the second week on the bounce, which is rare for me. I don’t fully understand the wordplays for 5A or 6D though. Liked 28A.

  7. Can’t parse 27A.
    Only one thing it can be and the digital version tells me when the whole puzzle is solved, so I know the answer is correct.
    I’m assuming defn = last word.

  8. Brian, “near” gives 1,2. “Bridge” gives 3,4,6,7. “Island” gives 5.

  9. All done
    Don’t get the homophone for 28A
    FOI 21A LOI 15D
    Liked 14A. Like many did not know 16D
    Again an easier DA this week a challenge is surely in the wings

  10. Thanks Graham for confirming that my 28A is correct with the prefix of “hard”. I assume that my missing cross letters are A K and R. I also assume that the definition is “gasbags”, but I have no idea how “grinds” may be a homonym of the answer.

    I shall check back later for more explanation.

  11. Thanks Graham for confirming that my 28A is correct with the prefix of “hard”. I assume that my missing cross letters are A K and R. I also assume that the definition is “gasbags”, but I have no idea how “grinds” may be a homonym of the answer.

    I shall check back later for more explanation.

  12. George, if something is hard ________, then it’s a grind, isn’t it?

  13. Thanks Graham M 28A makes sense.
    The full implication of 16A came to me after I posted and agree with DA Junkie that the clue is a good one.

  14. 15D made me chuckle.

    I’d seen 16D somewhere and it was on the edges of my memory, but I still had to reverse-engineer it. Lovecraft came to my mind too.

    Still a couple to go.

  15. I know it’s late in the day but I couldn’t satisfactorily explain 19d. I think it’s late enough for clear explanations.

  16. Bernard, little singer is 3-5, outright renegade is ‘rebel’ minus its first letter. Turn it upside down to cover 3-5 and you get the answer.

  17. My best smile was 14A – ‘lepidoptery HQ’ indeed!
    No danger of new word 16D finding its way into my conversations! 3D a close second; though perhaps a vague secondary school memory?
    On 28D discussion, the apostrophe is quite important in the homophonics (needs to be imagined in answer, too)
    Couple of definition gripes (2D,7D). But to the usual help requests:
    5D – ‘finished talking’ appears to clue 7-10. How?
    6D – ‘cartwheeled in’ appears to remove the H from ‘Hardly’. How?

  18. p.s. Can’t recall if DA has ever used it, but will compilers now retire ‘queen’/-ER- ? And welcome ‘king’/-CR- ?

  19. Um johnno2. 5D. ”cartwheeled” reversal indicator in a down clue. ‘in’ indicates that it’s a hidden.
    Need to look (upwards) in ”hardlyradical” .

  20. Johnno, the answer to 6d is hidden, backwards, in the clue.

    I’m sure we’ll keep seeing ER in crosswords. Every now and then I’ve seen GR for king, and I’m sure they weren’t compiled prior to the Queen’s ascension!

  21. Actually that’s very clever, nice misdirection. I wonder if DA saw that ”hardly” is an anagram of Daryl +h. I bet he did.

    I just saw that I’ve given away my Guardian moniker. I knew I’d do that accidentally one day.
    Tim C is cleverer than that.

  22. Thanks, Paddy and Graham!
    And I agree, Gayle – I bet he did!
    Probably right about ER, Graham!

  23. Yes Gayle, if you’re the same on both like me it saves having to remember who you are!!! And congratulations on being one of the answers in a Grauniad crossword the other week…..

    Fit couple on outskirts of Melbourne, mostly stretched out being in Australia (10)

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