Steve Overton’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
I’m worded out after Samantha Irby’s book launch event, so this will be brief. (We Are Never Meeting in Real Life came out last week and plunged right into the NYT paperback nonfiction best-sellers list, and I met the author so the title is a lie. Buy the book! If you are a delicate and squeamish individual, the book will appall you, but you should read it anyway. *gavel gavel*)
Likes: DASHCAM, DR. EVIL (but meh on a second and more obscure Austin Powers reference, SHAGUAR—zero recollection of it, and the last A.P. movie was 15 years ago), LUZON (birthplace of my in-laws), the apocryphal “ME TARZAN,” OXICLEAN, snail SLIME (I have a friend who assiduously photographs all the snails she meets in L.A.), and the great Congresswoman MAXINE Waters.
Unsure about the goodness of AWAY ON HOLIDAY (this is America! we go on vacation!) and the snarky but not all that common “No, YOUR OTHER LEFT.”
25d. [Some University of Virginia undergrads in 1969, for the first time], COEDS. Flatly historical usage, gives no hint of suggesting that the majority of today’s college students (who are women) are co- anything. Although I’d love to call guys at formerly all-women’s colleges COEDS.
John Lampkin’s Chronicle of Higher Education crossword, “Career Counselor Whizdom” — pannonica’s write-up
Ongoing crisis, perfunctory write-up. Apologies.
- 17a. [Ernest Lawrence, you will achieve ___”] SMASHING SUCCESS. Cyclotron guy.
- 27a. [“Albert Einstein, you will find your way with ___”] RELATIVE CLARITY. Theories of Relativity (General, Special).
- 45a. [“Marie Curie, your work will earn you ___”] GLOWING TRIBUTES. Investigation of radioactive elements.
- 57a. [“Werner Heisenberg, you face an ___”] UNCERTAIN FUTURE. Uncertainty Principle theorist.
There was some nifty stuff in here, but I just can’t discuss or enumerate them now.
David Alfred Bywaters’ LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
Today’s theme is fairly functional as “wacky” themes goes. G/IS/T and all G’s in the theme phrases become Ts. STAGPARTIES is now STATPARTIES, we have a PAPERBAT(G), a PERSIANRUG(G), a LONERANT(G)ER, a STRAYDOT(G) and a T(G)ALEWARNING. The puzzle is clearly shooting for quantity here.
An embarrassing and completely avoidable dupe of TOP/ONTOP occurs in the top-left. BESS/SOP requires one letter change. I also cringed at OGLES/GROPE as an intersection, but mostly the fill was clean, if necessarily functional…