Ha ha, fooled you. I don’t really have much to say about Cowtan and Way. Various people have said just about everything there is to say already; VV has a nice post dissecting JC’s failure; to which I commented
> The main serious critical voice seems to be Judith Curry at Climate Etc
I think you’re being overly generous here, if by “critical” you mean “careful reasoned analysis”. I get the strong impression that she hadn’t really read the paper. I think she skimmed it well enough to put up a few quibbles, and you’ve discussed those. But as the comments by C+W show, her comments are shallow and in many cases are answered by the paper itself.
Even those quibbles are too weak to justify her “doesn’t add anything” sneer; that’s really rather pathetic of her. She isn’t brave enough to reject it, she’s not inclined to accept it, so she’s trying on an elder-statesman like distain. Which is what her followers want, and its good enough to get her quoted. But as a logical argument, its nothing but hole.
The other thing to say is that what C+W has done is in a sense obvious; and anyone could have done it. Well, not quite, because they did it carefully. NS has a cut-down version that is really rather similar, but probably without the original wouldn’t have been convincing. Most climatologists wouldn’t have done it at all, because the “pause” stuff is hard to take seriously in scientific terms; but it does make good PR (I’m not dissing C+W as PR-hunters, BTW. What they did makes sense, at the time they did it). The “pause” is shaping up to be the “but the satellites show cooling” de nos jours. Don’t laugh; it used to be dead exciting; you could hardly talk to a septic without them talking about the satellite record.