Brendan Quigley’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
Quick post, as I’m on not-my-usual computer and it annoys me.
Fave fill: EMPHASIS MINE, the National PORTRAIT GALLERY, BOOK PROPOSAL, bug ZAPPER, a LATE CALL by a sports official, JAZZ, LOLZ (had to check the crossing in case it was LULZ, of course), LAZYBONES, and FOODIE.
Did not know: ELDON, the [Iowa town where Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” is set]. Wasn’t Eldon a character on Murphy Brown back in the day? Apparently that show’s getting a reboot soon.
Blessedly have never done: SQUAT JUMP. I assume the Crossfit junkies can do dozens of these without dying.
Fave clues: [High-minded sort?] for AVIATOR, [Literary nickname for Dolores] for LOLITA, [Scare quote?] for BOO, the Cassius line for SCENE II (my fondness for this predates my birth–my mom’s friend teased her about my dad with that line in a college lit class), the NERUDA poetry clue.
Clue I disagree with: PLURAL, [What “they” can only be, to grammar sticklers]. I’m a bit of a grammar stickler, but if singular “they” was good enough for Jane Austen and it is preferred by a lot of people who reject he or she, then I’m using it. Have a conversation with someone who’s a they and tell them right to their face that you’re going to mislabel them with a pronoun that feels entirely wrong to them, and … that would make you what the Scots might call a shitgibbon. Be kind to people.
MEH fill: LST, NEAP. Not bad. This is why I appreciate 72-word themelesses–peppy fill not glued together by a bunch of dreck. Would’ve been good not to cross the “I” phrases, I INSIST and I MEAN, too.
4.2 stars from me.
Jeffrey Wechsler’s La Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
Meh. BAKERSDOZEN is used as a reason to list 13 baked goods in the puzzle. When the theme answers are things like CAKE, ROLL, BUN and PIE, I can’t work up any excitement. You don’t see themes as basic as this much in newspaper crosswords. I guess the kicker is 13 symmetrical short answers…