Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017 — Cox & Rathvon (Preliminary Post)

Introduction

Here is today's puzzle from Cox & Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

I invite you to leave a comment to let us know how you fared with the puzzle.

Signing off for the moment — Falcon

17 comments:

  1. Happy cloudy Saturday morning from the GTA! Thanks, Falcon for getting this out this morning. This means you're back from your travels?
    I could have sworn I have seen this puzzle before when I started, or maybe because there are a lot of clues I've seen before.
    Fairly simple solve, except for 15d, where the answer is obvious, but the parsing didn't hit me until well after the answer was entered.
    Good luck to all!
    Henry

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    1. p.s. clue for 9d, think dolphinfish.

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  2. 18d--Australian? Also, I'm not exactly sure about the parsing of 16a. What is the wordplay for the first letter of the entry? Never mind! As soon as you post the comment, you see the answer.

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  3. Good morning,

    I found this one to be a bit more challenging than usual. Thought 23a clever. Re 28a: "o" = orange?

    Meg: yes, I think 18d is Australian. And 16a: first letter (origin of) of 'all' and drugs used by athletes (think Lance or Ben Johnson) gets space rocks.

    Welcome back Falcon!!

    Peter

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    1. I meant to write Lance Armstrong of course!

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  4. Nice puzzle again today but took longer than last week's entry.

    As Henry comments the parsing of 15d was tricky.

    My favourite this week was 18d as we had just attended an Australian wine tasting last week and sang Waltzing Matilda three times.

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  5. I really can't get the parsing of 15d. Also 22a. I had a bit of an Aha!moment, but lo and behold, I can't conclusively get the other two letters.

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    1. Since I'm new to this blog, are there guidelines about posting hints or explanations of answers? I'd like to respond to Chris, but I don't know how explicit to be before the answers are posted.

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    2. There aren't any rules per se. Generally, we dance around to avoid being explicit, dropping hints. But, if you cross the line, we'll be polite about it. This is a civilized corner of the Internet.

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    3. Also, most of us are as finished as we can be before loading up Falcons blog. So you won't spoil anyone's day.

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    4. But you do conclusively have the other two letters in 22a as evidenced in your note!
      MG

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    5. So this is what a civilized corner looks like! re 15d, AS = so, TAUT = tense, R = Restricted as in the movies, ON = broadcast (on the air?). Anyway, that's how I saw it.
      And I agree with MG with fr the other word. Hi MG!
      Henry

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  6. Good day Falcon et al,
    Quite enjoyed today's puzzle. Agree with other commenters that 22a and 15d were tricky to parse. Liked the "spacey" theme, half expected celestial to be in the solution.
    Thank you for posting Falcon.
    A good weekend to all,
    MG

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  7. Hello Falcon and all - and welcome to you, Meg.
    I found this one to be a romp...down to the waistline. Then I had to start working, with quite a bit of after-the-fact parsing. Nice crossing rhyme of 25a and 19d (the word play of which took me way too long to get). I look forward to the review and commentary on some of the clues.

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  8. It seems that Falcon is still en voyage, as it were, so here are the solutions for those that need them.

    Across
    1 SAT|URN
    4 SP|ROCKET
    10 AR(MEN)IA
    11 GABBING (anagram)
    12 TRAGEDIAN (anagram)
    13 TE(HE)E
    14 N|EARS
    16 A|STERIODS
    18 SATE|L|LITE
    20 AR(G)ON &lit
    22 A(LO)HA
    23 CAPRI|CORN
    25 ME(A)NDDER this is what Falcon is doing
    26 SH(AD)OWS
    27 NOT|ARIES
    28 METE(O)R

    Down
    1 STAR|T IN
    2 TAMP|A
    3 R|ANGERS
    5 P(A|G)AN
    6 OR|BITER
    7 K(NIGHT)ING
    8 T(I|G)RESS
    9 MA|HI MA|HI
    15 AS|T(R|ON)AUT
    17 TRESPASS hidden
    18 SWA|GMAN (anagram on WAS)
    19 LE(AND)ER not what Falcon is doing
    20 AG(IT)ATE
    21 NONUSER (anagram)
    23 CUR(I)E could be Marie or Pierre
    24 O|ZONE

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  9. How did I do that?
    25a ME(AND)ER

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  10. OK, one more time
    25a ME(A)NDER

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