RC’s dad asked him if there were other blogs out there paying homage to any of the other compilers who publish cryptics in The Age. RC scoffed at the idea, yet his dad couldn’t see why there wouldn’t be other compilers who had their own devoted fans, and RC, at the time, couldn’t think of an analogy to explain the situation.
RC told me of the difficulty he ran into. We conferred, and before long we came up with what we felt to be the right analogy: DA is like Michael Jackson in the Thriller film clip: sure, the other dancers are pretty good, quite talented even, and while you can appreciate their artistry, they’re not Michael Jackson and the chances of there being a fan club devoted to anyone other than Michael Jackson are slight indeed.
Lately, though, with all the brouhaha regarding the shuffling of compilers’ weekly appearances, it’s become apparent via the letters to The Age editor at least that DA is not the people’s favourite. While it might scuff the Michael Jackson analogy somewhat, I can’t help but think that only DA’s artistry could have devoted followers even if a certain portion of the public simply cannot understand his inspired wordplay.
Anyway, while I was here, I thought I’d rank the compilers in order of personal preference:
- DA — this blog is testament to why;
- DP — especially good use of double meanings and oblique references that are often humorous, but without much in the way of word bending;
- DS — probably the most difficult of the non-DA crew, but lacking the wicked sense of humour and concision of a fine DA;
- NS — a quick and easy romp to lift the spirits before getting into something more substantial later in the week;
- the various Monday compilers — they keep changing and I can’t remember who’s who;
- DH — glaringly obvious wordplay that is only made difficult because of the wantonly recondite answers that just give you the shits, not to mention the ridiculously long anagrams that are nothing but tedious.