I might have published the DA Pantheon post one week too early: DA has already forewarned us that this week’s cryptic will be a mind-bending doozie.
When DA himself is worried about its impact, then we have every right to be intimidated.
One person who perhaps wouldn’t be intimidated (if indeed he does do cryptics rather than NY Times crosswords) is Dan Feyer. Dan is the fastest crossword solver in the business and does about ten a day.
I’d love to see him tackle a cryptic and see him knock one over in a few minutes, although I have a sneaking suspicion that a carefully crafted cryptic is very unlikely to be solved in five minutes flat.