nb: No CHE this week as the print and on-line editions resynchronize.
Patrick Berry’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
They say there ain’t no cure for the SUMMERTIME BLUES, but I’m pretty sure that February weather in March will fix that right up. Have a little wintertime blues instead. Take a walk in Mopetown.
No particular excitement in this puzzle, nor disappointment. I like MARRIED MAN, MAD TEA PARTY, and SAUSAGE DOG, while SELECTEE is duller than dishwater.
- 1d. [Indian bread?], WAMPUM. Meh. Not keen on the clue.
- 14a. [Mortal sister of the immortal Stheno and Euryale], MEDUSA. All those Sporcle quizzes on Greek mythology didn’t make me recognize Stheno and Euryale at all.
- 22a. [Take the wheel?], UNICYCLE. UNICYCLE as a verb, when instead of taking a two-wheeler, you head out on just the one wheel.
- 59a. [Doing time], IN STIR. Wish this answer were INSTAR crossing ALA, because INSTARs are cool. Check out the various phases and color schemes for the caterpillar instars of the swallowtail butterfly, for example.
- 23d. [Her albums include “Cuchi-Cuchi” and “Olé, Olé”], CHARO. Did you hear that Charo will be competing on Dancing With the Stars?
Not much else to remark on here. Perhaps a little harder than the typical Friday NYT—do you agree? 3.8 stars from me.
Alex Eaton-Salners’ LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
The conceit of “No Clue” is interesting, although not much different to [See X] in some clue reversal themes. However, all it conceals is a list theme of UFOS – HELICOPTER, GOODYEARBLIMP, BIPLANE, HOTAIRBALLOON, HANGGLIDER. The big reveal kind of goes poof.
BOBA and BUTTPACK were two very mysterious answers for me. My go-to BOBA is Fett… [Spat ending] is a non-clue for ULA; it’s not a small spat, even if the ULA part of it is etymologically from small. I’d say the fill highlights were ELOHIM and CARLSJR, the ‘S’ of which looks oh so wrong.