I figure that many of you would be interested in knowing that, back by popular demand, is a second helping of DA’s word puzzles and word stories, just in time for Christmas. This one, Puzzles and Words 2, is just as much fun as the last.
My highlight: learning that an aubade, in contrast to a serenade of an evening, is a morning love song. Where else are you going to find out stuff like that?
Get into it.
More information is available about the book at Allen & Unwin’s website.
The DA cup runneth over this past weekend. When I wasn’t guffawing, ahing and cheering with every new clue solved in DA’s last cryptic, I was reading Cluetopia.
Funnily enough, I had so much trouble getting an initial clue answered in the cryptic that for the first time I turned to the quick just so I could fill in some answers somewhere in a crossword. So the weekend truly was a DA spectacular.
Cluetopia is a very fun book. The book isn’t quite as spectacularly fun as DA’s masterpiece on the weekend, but it does get close. It’s definitely worth getting your hands onto.
We had a number of strong contenders, and if I wouldn’t have been accused of nepotism, RC’s entry might have taken home the chocolates:
Tormentor’s tales are a hint to one who urinates loudly (9)
I liked Alex’s use of capitals and vowels in his entry:
DA’s new book – title of “Catatonic Capital Consonants with all vowels” (9)
And smut is always highly regarded among the organisers of this here website, which meant john’s entry was highly regarded indeed:
I copulate wildly, producing puzzling history (9)
But I couldn’t go past Bernie’s entry simply because when I first read it, I didn’t realise it was a clue the surface reading was so damn smooth:
DA’s book initially could lend untold encouragement to ordinary puzzlers in Australia (9)
So Bernie, take a bow, and send through your details via the email address to the right of this here page and I’ll post through your copy of Cluetopia.
DA is celebrating 100 years of the crossword and the release of his new book, Cluetopia, with a launch at the Reader’s Feast bookstore over on 162 Collins Street, Melbourne, this coming Sunday, 27th of October from 4:30PM.
More details here: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/7828510285/eorg
I’ll be heading down — and I’m not sure if that’s a drawcard or a drawback. What’s unquestionable is that DA’s presence at the soiree is definitely the former rather than the latter. So head on down.
Released tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23rd, will be DA’s new book, Cluetopia.
Cluetopia is a celebration of the crossword’s 100-year history, which DA himself is ”…really hoping the book translates as a mystery tour, where every year offers a passing glimpse on another era, or culture, through the peephole of a puzzle”.
And to celebrate, I’ve got a copy to give away to whoever comes up with the best cryptic clue for CLUETOPIA by 9AM Monday next week, the 28th of October. Here’s an example of a clue that wouldn’t be likely to win:
Puzzling place misdirects a cue pilot (9)
Please limit yourself to two entries just for my sanity.
“It’s too hot and DA is too hard!”
Parents! Please keep DA out of reach of children, at least during build-up.
RS makes short work of her first LR. (See TT, she can use the pen)
Feel free to send in your own DAction shots!
AS about to impress the ladies of Fitzroy by pulling out DA at a party.
They start them young in the NT. RC and RS…& LC
RC and EC showing the Darwin Ski Club a good time.
AS puzzles over an &lit at RC’s housecooling party.
In keeping with the shallow self interest that has dominated recent Australian politics, we feel it is time for the cryptic crossword community to flex our political muscle. We must campaign for policies and leaders that will promote the setting and solving of cryptics!!
We are, after all, the engine room of the Australian economy – crosswords hone our brains, driving innovation and productivity in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century. Not only do we provide employment to tens of compilers and editors, but we drive job creation in downstream industries, such as cafes and newsagents.
We are also a cornerstone of Australian society. Without cryptics, working families would have to resort to other forms of entertainment, like the pokies. The crossword community protects vulnerable pedants from complete despair at the state of public language and stops them turning to non-grape-based substance abuse.
Imagine how many boat people would swamp us if they didn’t feel intimidated by our language’s unique attribute – the cryptic crossword. Assessing asylum claims on applicants’ ability to complete DA would be a far more effective in deterring asylum seekers than turning back the boats. In fact, people who cant get at least a handful of clues from NS or RM are un-Australian!
Unfortunately, a little searching reveals that no Australian politicians claim cryptic skills. No wonder the country is in the state it is in.
It’s too late to start our own party for this election and to get DA into The Lodge, but at least we should direct our votes towards candidates with names that make the most amusing acronyms. My efforts so far to work out who to vote for on this basis consist of:
NOT BY T-BOAT
CRAP, EVIL ELM
RE LICHEN IN MIST
No clear winner here, can anyone do better and guide the preferences of Australia’s newest lobby group?
I’ve only just discovered that the motherlode of Fairfax cryptics from as far back as 2004 is no longer available.
I managed to save all the DA cryptics and have them available from this site, as outlined in the link above. I thought I had done the same thing with the rest of the Fairfax cryptics, but, in fact, no, I hadn’t.
So I’m wondering: did anyone manage to save all those Fairfax cryptics that were available? If so, would anyone care to send them to me so that I can host them from this site?