DA Confusion for the 14th of April, 2023

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

63 thoughts on “DA Confusion for the 14th of April, 2023

  1. I’ll stick my head up out of the doona (cf Muntz’s post on 11 Apr 2023 at 1:25 am).
    DNF, cheated on the last two in, 1A and 6D, and yet to parse 12A. (No hints please this early.)
    Tickled by 9D , 4D, 21D and 11A. 17A and 14D really clever.

  2. I got 2D then ran into a brick wall for about 10 minutes … went to my back-up technique of starting from the bottom and working my way up. Ended up completing in about my usual time.

    Like Gayle, have not fully parsed 12A.

    FOI 2D, 25D. LOI 12A, 5D.

    BTW I contacted SMH support about the iPad app, where Xwords have been broken for 3 weeks now. They say it’ll be fixed in a week or so.

  3. Ah, AndrewT, that might explain why we’re a bit lonely on Trippers this morning. I thought it was the weather which is miserable here. Definitely a doona day. I solve on a desktop, not Apple.

  4. Abundant smiles today, no groans. Not sure I understand 22a & 26a, but don’t help me yet. 10a is a nice place to begin for those so doing.

  5. Looked pretty tough at first glance, but actually fell into place once I started.

    FOI 25a, 15a. LOI 6d, 13a

  6. First pass through gave the easier (for me) 10a,15a,24a,2d,8d,25d. LOI 14d (and yes a good one). 12a is a bit of a dog’s breakfast of a clue Gayle and AndrewT (that’s not a hint btw). I also liked 15a and 4d.
    A pretty good middle of the difficulty range this week I thought.

  7. GrahamM, right with you – all out, but don’t understand 26a. And I suspect DA has drawn a long bow for 22a!

  8. ScottM, the only sense I can make of 26a is that it involves a British business that I’ve never heard of. Did I say earlier there were no groans? Hoping someone might reveal a more satisfying explanation.

  9. 26ac has a meaning of a powerful organisation with many influences.

  10. As I begin to emerge from COVID, I was pleased this wasn’t too tough. Like others i don’t fully get the wordplay for 12a. I think I have 18a but the def is very loose. 22a, 19d and 23d still elude me.

  11. On the easy side, I thought, plenty of chuckles and no real complaints or quibbles on clues. . Looking for parsing for 12A and 22A.

  12. 22A 6 letter word meaning “forte”, then substitute one letter (you heard as right)
    12A “on cycles” gives 6,5,4,3, “a campus girl barely” gives 1,2,7,8 (a bit convoluted)

  13. Ah, thank you SK for putting me out of my misery re 12A. I had a slightly different parsing. Wrong, obviously.

  14. Sing out SB re SE. SW was my downfall. Where would you like to start in SE?

  15. Oh dear, SB, you would ask about 17D. By the time I’ve replied to you others would have jumped in.
    Gotta say it took me a long time, but I think it’s this:
    def is first word
    wordplay depends on if you know cricket.
    A hat-trick is 3 balls (in a row, but that’s not important for the solve) where the bowler gets a wicket , and the batsman is gone. A majority of those 3 wickets is ?????

  16. Still struggling with 19d, 22a and 23d. Any hints (I have already seen SK on 22a, but still haven’t twigged)?

  17. Sorry SB. I don’t remember if you solve from the paper or have the answer for back-parsing.
    I must admit this took me a while with the 3-3-3 enumeration.

  18. Finally twigged on 22a. That forte! That helped 23d. Now only 19d to go.

  19. I thought I’d mistakenly opened YouTube, thanks Gayle. I was going to ask how you embed videos, but then I realised I would probably never want to.

    Where’s DAJunkie today? I hope Muntz didn’t scare him/her away.

  20. Thanks for that Sandy Mc. :-)
    No, Graham M, and clearly I shouldn’t even try either.

  21. Bendy, the first two words are the definition. Take a synonym of “oomph” from “drivel”, and you’re left with just the L. Commentary pages are the remaining four letters, often hyphenated as 2-2.

  22. Drivel is wanting oomph, then a newspaper argot synonym of commentary pages.

  23. Bendy 23D is very odd.
    Def is first 2 words. First word would suffice, but it’s designed to be misdirecting and to add to the surface meaning (trotted out drivel) The answer is more in the sense of actual movement.
    Wordplay: You have to take the ”oomph” out of drivel, that leaves only one letter. Then you add another 4 letters which means opinion pieces in a newspaper. (The 4 letter hyphenated word, 2-2, is an abbreviation referring to these commentaries being placed opposite the editorial page.)

  24. I must admit that I have not before seen the term given by the last 4 letters of 23D

  25. Gayle & Patrick, we need to coin a word for your disappointment when you go to great lengths explaining something to someone, only to discover that someone has pipped you at the post.

  26. I mean because we were grahammised, pipped at the post by Graham M. You’re definitely not miserable, always cheery.

  27. Tim C , they both sound like bodily functions. I think of Graham M as being a bit more cerebral.

  28. TimC, I think “Laxplanation” is the winner! .Weirdly, I found myself trying to think of an answer for the clue “Pipped at the post” instead. Maybe “General comment”? “Major announcement”? “Staff Sergeant “?

  29. 18A I can’t work out how to get the last 4 letters. I mean, I see the letters, and the clue, but I don’t know why that clue equals those letters.

  30. Matt, ness is a crossword standard for head but I can’t remember why now.

    All out except for 15a, and I’m not sure I care. Some lovelies this time.

    23d took me way too long but I got stuck thinking I was supposed to take rot out of trotted. ????

  31. Hi Carol

    15a – it’s buried in reverse within “cotton fibre” – hope that helps – otherwise enjoy carefree rest of day!

    I didn’t start until last night due to other things (is anything more important than getting weekly DA done?). A couple of helpful clues – thanks Gayle & SK. Had a good chuckle at 7d, 8d, while 11a brought back childhood memories!

    Agree with Graham M and Tim re “laxplanation” :-)

  32. Thanks Andrew, that’s a definite d’oh from me.

    I believe those old 11a sets sell for a small fortune these days.

  33. Ness is worth remembering Matt as Carol says. It’s a bit of a cryptic crossword staple given how many words end in -ness. It’s an old Scottish word meaning a promontory or headland.

  34. Gosh. Got most of this out, although no idea how to parse 12A (until reading above). Always frustrating when the answer is clear but DA has a bizarrely convoluted construction.

    Unsolved: 22A and 19D

    Understand the parsing of 22, but the definition seemed out – oh! Noble as in adjective, not noun.

    And 19D didn’t know anything about wine cocktails starting with K.

    As always, done in spare moments across a few days, definitely not a morning doona activity!

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