Difficult, Yet Quality All the Way

rough but good da

(in blue are the clues that required an answer sheet)

RC and I got together on the Friday at the Albert Park Hotel (warning: the website is a travesty of online decency) to beat the heat and take down DA. What we found, though, was that DA had defeated us, and we ended up spending a long while staring at the crossword with nothing to offer after a promising start.

We parted ways in frustration, although I did manage to get a few more out in a flurry of activity the following day over breakfast at Dweezil after a humorous SMS exchange with RC that went pretty much as follows:

AS to RC: Is there some kind of shot that is a herman cut?

RC to AS: Maybe. As in Pee Wee Herman, right?

AS to RC: Actually, a french cut is a shot in cricket.

RC to AS: The answer is square cut! Gold!

Come Saturday afternoon, though, I just wanted to get the answers to the rest, and what I discovered was a fine crossword, even if I’ve got a helluva lot of confusion that I need resolving.

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