Andrew Kingsley’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
nyone else see this byline and have Andrew Ridgeley keep intruding on your thoughts? Here’s a quasi-Wham! video to exorcise that. Lots of cool fill in Andrew Kingsley‘s themeless 70-worder. To wit: PINTEREST (which I just don’t get), VALOR (my Pokémon Go team! not that I do the “gym” thing), SUPERFOOD (ugh, dumb term, but great crossword fill), KOI POND (raise your hand if you frowned at KOI BOND, having opted for BAH over the far more obscure PAH), CLEOPATRA, ATTACK ADS, RAFAel Nadal, TED TALK, TEEN ANGST, and DROP CAP (the drop cap in this paragraph is from this site). I also like SLAKE, as I am slaking thirst all day, every day. (Hydrate!)
Is ON TOE in-the-language in ballet circles, or is that strictly en pointe? If it’s contrived, then I don’t like it, or EX-GOV. Found no joy in fill like PISAN, EARED, -ADEE, RONA, STYE, or VEE.
And hey! We just had BE THERE in yesterday’s NYT puzzle. Does nobody eyeball the grids for the week in an effort to avoid such overlaps?
3.8 stars from me. Good night, folks!
Jeffrey Wechsler’s lA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
YOUWILLBEMISSED is interpreted as “U is taken from answers and results are clued wackily.” In three cases, the changed word has an OU change to O; there is one AU to A. So…
- [Fishing spot for vacationing Londoners?], BRITISHPO(U)ND
- [Legwear for air travelers?], BOARDINGHO(U)SE
- [007 returning from assignment?], HOMEWARDBO(U)ND
- [Vacant look?], STERILEGA(U)ZE
Bits and bobs:
- [Ruff stuff], LACE. Fun, if quaint, clue – think Elizabeth I.
- [“…___ quit!”, ORI + ORAN + ENE in one 4×3 area. Any ideas why? I got nothin’!
- [Toondom’s Phineas, to Ferb], PAL. What an oddly specific clue.
- [After “Our” and with 54-Down, title for the Virgin Mary based on an 1871 apparition], LADYOF/HOPE. So, a giant 10-letter partial… Ok, then.
That’s about all I want to say really.