I’ve been working from home for the last week, so I’ve ended up in front of the cryptic most days. I’d like to get the feelings of everyone out there on a trait of non-DA compilers that I find quite frustrating – use of “!”.
As fans of DA, you all enjoy consistent use of the exclamation mark as an indicator of &lit. clues – as I think DA wrote in Meanjin earlier this year, “the Grange Hermitage” of cryptic clues. However, should you stray into the mid-week crosswords, you’ll find clues like these:
NS yesterday, 23 down: A tooth caught in my tutu skirt! (4) which is caught in tutu skirt = tu sk = tusk = tooth
DP on Wednesday, 11 across: Dear Madam, you show off the fleet! (6) fleet= armada = De arMada M
DP on Wednesday, 25 across: Don’t delay victory – remove the chaff! (6) remove chaff= winnow = win now = don’t delay victory
These are all good clues, but none is an &lit. clue. What are your thoughts? Am I just a whinger who needs to get a real job, or am I a rightfully concerned crossworder, demanding consistency and justice?
Also feel free to comment on the main game which so far looks to be a themeless piece of DA magic.
Update: And with some help from RC on 6 down, I (AS) managed to get the thing out:
Mysteries abound, though, and I haven’t the foggiest for 10 across, 13 down and the first half of 23 down. Help would be much appreciated.