Washington Crossing the Delaware by David Shulman

There are moments in life when you can only look on in awe.

Check out this sonnet by David Shulman:

Washington Crossing the Delaware

A hard, howling, tossing water scene.
Strong tide was washing hero clean.
“How cold!” Weather stings as in anger.
O Silent night shows war ace danger!

The cold waters swashing on in rage.
Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.
When star general’s action wish’d “Go!”
He saw his ragged continentals row.

Ah, he stands – sailor crew went going.
And so this general watches rowing.
He hastens – winter again grows cold.
A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.

George can’t lose war with’s hands in;
He’s astern – so go alight, crew, and win!

Notice anything peculiar about it?

DA for the 16/17th of July, 2010

How do we rate this week’s array of sleights of hand?

(No spoilers in the comments of this post until Monday)

Update: I got two in less than two minutes, and then for the next twenty minutes or so, nothing, which is pretty much where things remained.

Given the theme and some of the answers (wop, sod’s law), I’m kinda glad I didn’t stick with it.

Further update: My cryptic research has uncovered that Finagle’s law is also a synonym of Murphy’s law and sod’s law.

Before today, I’d only heard of Murphy’s, and the hilarious Muphry’s law.

An NS Query

Although I know there’s a plethora of cryptics available online, whenever I want some cryptic fun I still do what’s available in The Age.

And today was NS for my cryptic hit, but I can’t for the life of me figure out the reasoning behind this one:

18 across: Note the sharp edge on the military post (8)

The answer looks like it has to be GARRISON, but other than G = note and ON = on, I can’t explain it.

Have I missed something simple and am now embarrassing myself?

DA Let Down on his Crossword from the 9/10th of July, 2010

A new category for a phenomenon newly discovered: the editorial mistake.

DA’s hard work has been mangled in both The Age and the SMH, and, echoing Anna Karenina, each in their own way.

8 down reads PERSONAL WEANKESS in the SMH — a delightful little pun for character flaw — that in the hands of an artless Age editor became PERSONAL WEAKNESS. I’m a Melbourne boy myself, so I was a little surprised to see what seemed to be an uncharacteristically simple DA clue. Of course, I didn’t read a DA clue, but rather a bowdlerised replica of punny extravagance.

17 across was a typical, if somewhat clunky, DA clue that was rather easy for those reading The Age — the ungrammatical article sticking out like a sore thumb in ARREST A AUDITORY DISEASE made at least part of the solution pretty obvious. SMH readers, on the other hand, must have felt quite uncomfortable trying to work out how the “corrected” version of the clue that they were presented with, ARREST AN AUDITORY DISEASE, could ever be elegantly transformed into what looked like it had to be cholera.

So for the first time that we’ve ever noticed, no one in Australia got the DA as it stood originally, and much like the scholars who compare and contrast the various editions of Shakespeare’s plays, we’ve had to reconstruct what was the master’s intentions from the sullied material at our disposal.