A New Category: The DA Pantheon

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:

  1. the McCrossword, which is perhaps the best crossword we’ve ever done;
  2. the footnote crossword, which was exactly the kind of eulogy David Foster Wallace would have loved;
  3. 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.

6 thoughts on “A New Category: The DA Pantheon

  1. I remember one from quite a few years ago – The Taboo crossword, in which he broke every rule. It was asymmetrical, it had made up words, it had repeated words, it had bad clues. Totally bizarre. I liked the Simpsons one too.

  2. The ACDC one form last boxing day, and the Dylan one form a couple of years ago. The “No animals were harmed” crossword. The taboo one, I agree. The footnote was brilliant, but it didn’t work at all well in the Across Lite online version, and I had to sneak a peak at the dead tree version to work out what was going on.

    As for puzzles using all the letters, (and I know this is off topic in a DA forum),you can’t go past Araucaria’s alphabetical jigsaws in the Guardian, where there is at least one answer starting with each letter of the alphabet, and the clues are presented by that letter, with no numbers in the grid. So for example, a clue might read “W: Di Prince, back blushing now, with Arab state (5,6). You have to work out the answer to the clue (of course, as we all know, Diana prince was Wonder Woman’s secret identity, and the wordplay confirms wonder woman). You then have to find where in the grid to put the answer. Obviously the X and Z clues get more bizarre each time he does it.

  3. Wow, I’d love to get links to some of those. I never saw the Simpsons, AC/DC or the taboo one. Does anyone have blank copies or across-lite files that could be posted? Would we be breaching some copyright? DA, can you provide links to these puzzles? Perhaps they’re on Cassowary Crossing, but I cant see them. The archives of the SMH seem to be off limits these days.

  4. Please, please, please can anyone remember how “No animals were harmed in the making of this crossword ” was clued. It was pure genius and, I’m sure, hard compiling work. DA, do you have this clue hanging around?

    Where do all the clues go . . .?

  5. The Do-Re-Mi crossword where so many things fitted into 15 letters (around 2 years ago?)
    i.e. “Drop of Golden Sun”

    The ‘everything is an island’ one from around 2000/2001

    Enjoyed the Number 5 one recently too – worthy of a mention

  6. A late entry which I just remembered over the weekend was the George Orwell crossword of not so long ago.
    Perhaps a marketing opportunity exists – ‘Best of DA’, in time for Christmas. (well, maybe next Christmas)

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