DA reappears in The Age after a week’s hiatus and ushers in the new year with a themed crossword. I assume he’s still there in the SMH, same as he ever was.
Have my sneaking suspicions about the theme and looking forward to breaking the crossword’s back.
Update: Jonathan delivers again with a blank and filled-in grid:
I was willing to let this one go through to the keeper after what I considered a bewilderingly boring theme and the number of rarities DA confessed to, but a late-night rendezvous with RC had us cracking it out.
RC proclaimed it, I think rightly, as reminiscent of an overly recondite DH. Nevertheless, I have a sneaking suspicion that excellent words such as seersucker, nainsook, hopsack, whipcord and winceyette, all of which we had never heard of before, will deliver joy to us for the rest of our lifetimes. I also suspect that DA chose the theme because he too noticed how excellent these words indeed are.