DA for the 18/19th of March, 2011

It’s the last weekend before I’m distracted by hulking men running around chasing footballs, so hopefully I get to make a better fist of things this week than I did last.

And hopefully DA pulls out a pearler.

Update: A very enjoyable crossie:

My southwest corner was left a little blank — BRANSON and BOND kept interfering with BEN BOYD, who I’d never heard of, and I still don’t get why ZOOMS = tears — but otherwise a lot of fun, especially ALPHA.

Also, did anyone else think to be fair = BAZAAR at the start of the clue a little big wrong? If it was <indirect clue> to be fair, I wouldn’t have had a problem with it, but to be fair <indirect clue> was a step too far in my book.

DA for the 11/12th March, 2011

This week’s DA comes at us again, and hopefully an extra special one to do over the long break (at least in Melbourne it’s a long break).

(No spoilers on this thread until Monday).

Update: A complicated one:

Didn’t get too far despite it being a long weekend: a very difficult one indeed.

Full marks to those of you who knocked it over.

DA on the 4/5th of March, 2011

I expect an easier one this week.

And hopefully I get time to look at it (there’s the Antipodes and the Sydney Road festival going on in the one weekend!)

(No spoilers on this thread until Monday)

Update: A brilliant one:

RC and I got into this one Tuesday night and failed miserably short of success. Once we cheated to get the answers out, we were impressed: this crossword was a beauty!

In fact, I would consider this a Para Pantheon candidate — it’s too good a crossword to not be given greater honour.