RC made a wonderful suggestion while we were walking down Chapel Street, searching for a second-hand trumpet (I ended up buying a steel-stringed acoustic guitar and a ukulele) and marvelling at what we had just experienced: we need a separate category to hail the best DA crosswords.
So now we have: The DA Pantheon.
To our minds, three crosswords stand head and shoulders above the rest:
- the McCrossword, which is perhaps the best crossword we’ve ever done;
- the footnote crossword, which was exactly the kind of eulogy David Foster Wallace would have loved;
- last week’s marriage crossword, which was just brilliant.
There are probably others worthy of the pantheon. Undoubtedly, the Muralidaran/nong’s rumba/red-handed crossword would have been another, yet that was released before this blog had begun and we have no record of its brilliance.
I would move to also include The Simpsons crossword into the pantheon, but I’m biased because I love the show so much.
What do you think? Is The Simpsons crossword worthy? Are there others that spring to mind?
And does anyone know if there’s been a pangrammatic crossword where every letter of the alphabet has been included on the grid? I’d love to see one and would definitely consider it worthy of the pantheon simply because of the degree of difficulty involved.