Over a series of posts, there’s an interesting discussion of cryptic clues over at DA’s blog. I thoroughly recommend you reading the posts and the comments.
And now on to DA: this week, as always, he’s back.
Comment on DA’s clues below! (Although no spoilers on this thread until Monday.)
Update: Not Pantheon material for mine:
HOLY COW might just be in DA’s top 10 clues of all time, but there’s one thing I’ve learnt about DA the hard way: fear the question mark.
I only got two thirds of it done before throwing in the towel. Looking through the comments here, though, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more complaint. TACKY I thought pretty bad, HAD ON I don’t think fits with BEGUILED, ASSIDUOUS in the VEGAN clue is perplexing, I just don’t get the double definition in BRACE, I thought AISLE was too much of a stretch, DENSITY ain’t MASS, MAKING in the CONTRACT KILLING clue seems a word too much and I didn’t like WEBSTER either.
CIGARETTE PAPERS, though, I thought a touch of genius.
Maybe Loroso’s more pedantic analysis of cryptic clues on DA’s blog, which I linked to above, unduly influenced me, but this week, I was disappointed by DA’s libertarian ways more than I was pleased.