Damon Gulczynski’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
Aww, come on. Stop editing the Friday puzzles to be so easy! We need a little more bite. This 70-worder is just 63a: TOO EASY.
- 15a. [Natural energy source], GLUCOSE. I had the G and wanted GEYSERS or GEOTHERMAL to work here.
- 20a. [Strong connection?], HAYMAKER. As when your fist strongly connects with its target.
- 10d. [Food processors, informally], TUMMIES. Not the small kitchen appliances.
- 28d. [Where Molson Coors is TAP], NYSE. For other apt ticker symbols, check out this Sporcle quiz.
- 37d. [___ Vogue], TEEN. Teen Vogue has had some great political news coverage in recent months, I kid you not. Here’s their News & Politics page.
- 44d. [Dieter’s piece of cake?], SLIVER. In my household, we are the masters of cake and pie slivers. We are not dieters.
Top fill: FRANZ FERDINAND, which I’m fairly certain Damon originally clued as the rock band. RAM HOME, PIZZERIA, VORACITY, ZEN GARDEN, CHARM OFFENSIVE, FOMO (“fear of missing out”).
Blah: ECU, OLEO, APSE, NEEDLER, ILO.
!!: ORGIES above ANAL.
Questionable: 20d. [Humorous as opposed to strange], HA HA FUNNY. I feel like “funny ha ha” is what people say.
Four stars from me.
Dave Cuzzolina & Patti Varol’s LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
The portmanteau-pun is an odd beast. They lack surface sense, unless you separate them out. You have to read PIGNORAMOUS as PIGIGNORAMOUS to understand it. Still these are cute, and very consistent, in that a single letter is added at each word’s beginning, and each new answer creates an animal at its beginning. There is a slight demerit for CATTITUDE, which feels as though it is already somewhat in the language… PIGNORAMOUS, LAMBITION and, especially, SLOTHARIO are delightful though; SQUIDDITCH rounds up the set.
We get a second dose of SSA, to reinforce it (hopefully). ALMAY was unknown to be, but Google immediately suggests I buy various snake oil from local Amazon rival takealot on Googling it, so it’s more a personal thing. You’d expect it to show up a lot more, given the letters. So make a note! HOMEICE and (W. Somerset) MAUGHAM are also good entries, the latter apt for literary Ms. Varol!