David Steinberg’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
A bit hard for a Friday puzzle, no? It played more like a Saturday to me.
Did this puzzle make you hungry? I like BUTTER DISH, INDIAN FOOD, and STICKY RICE a lot! Tasty. (Keep that RACK OF LAMB away from me.)
Other solid fill: ELAINE CHAO, back again; hideous CHAIN EMAIL; TEXT ALERTS; STEELY GAZE; IN BAD TASTE; NEON YELLOW highlighters; BOHO CHIC; and HONKY TONKS.
Five more things:
- 21a HOT LICK in the singular feels a little weird to me. What do the jazz aficionados say?
- Toughest crossing: Where PISH (11a. [“Fiddlesticks!”]) meets POOLE (11d. [Grace ___, servant in “Jane Eyre”]).
- 39a. [Thwarts], FOILS. Imagine if we had a highlights clue for FOILS, just once. (As in the highlights a colorist puts in your hair.)
- 5d. [“110%” effort], ONE’S ALL. This is terrible. “Give it one’s/your all” is in the language, but ONE’S ALL just looks bizarre by itself.
- 28d. [Bug], HIDDEN MIKE. I’m so used to seeing mic now, this answer looks peculiar to me.
3.9 stars from me.
Mark Feldman’s Los Angeles Times crossword – Gareth’s theme summary
The theme is oddly open-ended. Four two part answers are reversed, with the result respelt and a “?-style” answer created. So STUDHORSE becomes HOARSESTUD, BABYBEAR becomes BAREBABY, TEENIDOL IDLETEEN and MODELPLANE PLAINMODEL.
Roger Wienberg’s Chronicle of Higher Education crossword, “Highly Functional” — pannnonica’s write-up
Who doesn’t not love mathematics?
- 66aR [Calc prerequisite whose basic ratios are indicated by the sets of circled squares] TRIG. Calculus, trigonometry.
- 18a. [“You betcha!”] YES INDEEDY. Sine.
- 23a. [It’s folded at some fast-food places] TACO SHELL. Cosine.
- 36a. [Unlikely to drift off?] AT ANCHOR. Tangent.
- 42a. [Trips where a “carry in, carry out” policy may be observed] ECO-TOURS. Cotangent.
- 51a. [Cliffhanger outcome, often] CLOSE CALL. Secant.
- 61a. [Subculture of local bands] MUSIC SCENE. Cosecant.
We get the abbrevs. for the main trigonometric functions in standard ‘order’.
Not precisely my cup of tea, but my sense is that the crossword is fairly well done. Can’t discuss it now. Apologies for my own abbreviated write-up.