The DA Pantheon: Nominations for Induction

After last week’s ordinary DA, now’s the time to relive his moments of absolute glory by going over which crosswords should be new inductees into the DA Pantheon.

On the 24th of December, 2009, the DA Pantheon stood as follows:

  1. the McCrossword;
  2. the footnote crossword;
  3. the marriage crossword; and
  4. the noel crossword.

In the second echelon, the Para-Pantheon, there stood the following triumphs:

  1. the AC/DC crossword;
  2. the Simpsons crossword;
  3. the George Orwell crossword; and
  4. the bobbing-message-in-a-bottle crossword.

Undeservedly unrecognised, I nominate the following crosswords into the Pantheon and Para-Pantheon respectively:

  1. the money crossword for the Pantheon;
  2. the Zimmerman crossword from the 24th of September, 2004, for the Pantheon;
  3. the Where’s Wally crossword for the Para-Pantheon;
  4. the indigenous crossword for the Para-Pantheon;
  5. the two-letter crossword for the Para-Pantheon;
  6. the portmanteau crossword for the Para-Pantheon;
  7. the product placement crossword from the 27th May, 2005, for the Para-Pantheon;
  8. the no-animals crossword from the 11th March, 2005, for the Para-Pantheon.

Other crosswords to have been nominated for the Pantheon or Para-Pantheon in the past but I haven’t done myself or haven’t seen since the first time I did them include the following:

  1. the taboo crossword on the 19th August, 2005, which featured DA breaking all known cryptic conventions, and can be found in the motherlode;
  2. the Muralidaran/nong’s rumba/red-handed crossword, which dates from 2007 or so I’d guess, and is more than likely somewhere in the motherlode;
  3. the everything-is-an-island crossword, which is dated to around 2000/2001;
  4. the six kings crossword, which goes undated;
  5. the do-re-mi crossword, which is also undated.

I’ll follow this up with another post officially inducting the hallowed crosswords into the Pantheon and Para-Pantheon.

So now I ask you: are my nominations deserving? Are there others I’ve missed?

9 thoughts on “The DA Pantheon: Nominations for Induction

  1. Out of genuine interest, why exactly is the McCrossword such a great crossword? I mean, what makes a great crossword?

  2. Don’t know what makes a great crossword — I tend to like ones that are funny, require some kind of rethinking and have some kind of surprise element.

    For mine, the noel, David Foster Wallace/footnotes crossword (which I’m assuming DA wrote in homage just after Wallace killed himself) and the money-for-nothing crosswords are the absolute standouts because of their mind-bending creativity and joy.

    The McCrossword I thought was a great idea and exceptionally well clued, as was the marriage one.

    Obviously there’s a very strong tendency to like the themed crosswords more than the unthemed because of their inherent cleverness, but there have been some very unenjoyable themed crosswords in the past. The beaches, Media Watch and cricket themed crosswords were just three that I thought were pretty ordinary.

  3. And Jonathan, I remember needing far too much Google aid for the Media Watch crossword, which kinda spoiled the fun.

  4. I second the money/money-for-nothing crossword, the DFW/footnotes crossword and the no-animal-was-hurt crossword, but there are some listed that I haven’t done at all.

  5. I love the theme-styled crosswords. But like a twist doesn’t necessarily make a movie they still need something….. clever clues. I never saw the McD one but loved the footnotes and Noel ones. (The Aboriginal one needed way too much Google.)

  6. I also loved the ‘two-letter’ one. Having to keep to track of the inclusions added an extra dimension.

  7. I have a soft spot for the Mark Twain crossword, possibly because it was the first one I ever solved completely (and therefore possibly easier than most of the themed crosswords). I looked again at the McCrossword as a result of AS’s comments above and it does have some wonderful & memorable clues.

  8. There was a really good one (maybe in 2007?) where the key clue pointed you to pool, and the cross references were all to the coloured balls. Anyone else remember that one?
    The Kings one was a total winner.

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