DA on the 26th and 27th of March, 2010

Does the DA crush continue with the last of March’s cryptics?

(No spoilers until Monday)

Update: I didn’t get a chance to take out the DA. It’s a shame.

12 thoughts on “DA on the 26th and 27th of March, 2010

  1. Not too much to write home about this week for me. Not terribly hard , not terribly clever.Liked 1A 15A 2D.
    This is a little off subject but by way of comparison the Guardian prize cryptic no.24,963 by Araucaria (www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords) is a ripper; clever,obscure and mind-stretching.

  2. I’ve acheived a PB with this crossword. I know I’m going to have the wind taken out of my sails by everyone else complaining how shamefully easy it was, but I’m going to bask in my own glory for a little while. I liked 24A and 15 D was educational.

  3. I did not like 16A. This is a case of choosing an American spelling vs English spelling, not a homonym.

  4. Not the most enjoyable DA today. I thought 6D and 15A were clever, but 15D and 26A were more obscure than cryptic and I agree with with ML – to solve 16A one had to reject the accepted Australian spelling for the outdated, ‘franglais’ form.

  5. Give DA a break I say. OK, this wasn’t his most difficult, but that’s a good thing! Especially if, as has been the case several times this year, the difficulty factor has been ramped up by dodgy clues or abstruse answers.

    My favourites were 1A, 9A, 10A, 24A. I don’t think I agree with comments above about 16A. And I didn’t think 26A was all that obscure. More in the other thread.

  6. Generally agree with comments above. Didn’t think 15D was obscure, and had no problems with it being cryptic – had more of an issue with 4D, which I had to resort to Google to confirm.

  7. Not particularly. It was either going to be the ‘make a wish,’ or ‘Bin laden at APEC’. It was good in that it filled in a lot of spaces to help solve other words. There didn’t seem to be anything really cryptic about the clue. That’s just what I think.

  8. I take that back, I didn’t realise it was an anagram. In that case it’s very good.

  9. 86 y.o. Mom is getting over her bug, struggled with DA, but did get 11, 19 A. And so did my 15 y.o. daughter. Both of which is a sign either of how good Chaser was or of how notorious the skit is.

  10. I thought it was a superbly constructed anagram, albeit an obvious answer. Good stuff this week included 1A, 10A, 18A, 22A, 1D, 5D, 12D, 17D, 23D. Good stuff – but not great. But I don’t churn out greatness each week in my job either …

  11. AL, thanks for the heads-up on the Araucaria crossword. It was everything you promised it would be.

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