DA’s worried about this one: it’s meant to be a doozie.
Be warned, be patient, enjoy.
(No spoilers on this particular thread until Monday)
Update: One for the ages — an absolute rip-snorter and, I would say, an undisputed Pantheon member.
For posterity (and for those who mucked up their grid early), here’s DA’s peculiar, blank grid as printed in the SMH thanks to David H:
And here, thanks to Jonathan, is the filled-in grid:
I worked out the theme pretty quickly and had very nearly locked in LOOPY for what turned out to be RINGS. And that was pretty much typical of my efforts on this beauty over the weekend: while the penny dropped early on, I still stuggled with the answers to the clues themselves.
I did manage to pull it off, though, but I did cheat on one clue: I was having trouble working out that cutter and is an anagram of TRUNCATED so I resorted to (horror of horrors) an anagram solver to get me going early in the piece.
And a note: Cristóbal Colón is how Christopher Columbus is known in the Spanish-speaking world. DA has spent a fair whack of time in Spain and speaks at least some Spanish, so I’m betting he would have known this. And just as Matthew Flinders circumnavigated the island of Australia, Christopher Columbus circumnavigated the island of Hispaniola, and COLON I reckon DA inserted into his cryptic as a cross-language circumnavigation reference.