A fair-to-middling DA for this, the first of 26 AS-less weeks of tackling the cryptic. RC and I convened late on Friday night, both plenty of beers to the good, to drink chamomile tea, listen to Fela Kuti and attempt this week’s puzzle. By the time the clock had ticked over into Saturday, half the puzzle was done, the cat was urging me to go to bed and I was drifting off to sleep at the table, so we called it a night and I polished off the rest over the course of the weekend.
I managed to get this one out in the end, which is always a cause for celebration, although there was a reasonable amount of DA confusion, a smattering of DA bullshit, and disappointingly few nuggets of DA gold. Looks like the master is still working his way back into form after the career-best McCrossword from a couple of weeks back.
Here’s how it ended up looking:
PS I haven’t actually seen the solution, so do let me know if any of this lot is, like, wrong.