Hal Moore’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
WU-TANG CLAN is a great way to start out the puzzle. Also liked: the BIGS, TIME TRAVEL, SHETLAND PONY, EXTRAVAGANZA, THE X-FILES, HALTER TOP, GARBLE, IGUANODON, and GRAPE-NUTS.
On the “no thanks” list of fill, we have PLEB, LEO I, CEE, LIA, and ONE TO. And how notable is TRINI LOPEZ? Is he in this puzzle mainly because his name’s been kept alive in crosswords via TRINI?
Clues of note:
- 29a. [Language in which “seven” is “jet”], THAI. Ben Tausig knows such things. I did not.
- 46a. [Loads of investments?], FEES. As in “no-load” mutual funds not charging a free.
- 52a. [Preparatory course?], SALAD. Mmm.
- 1d. [Neighborhood in TV’s “Sanford and Son”], WATTS. I recently read some little trivia bit about this show, some surprising topic that it covered. Anyone know what it was?
3.75 stars from me. What’d you think of the puzzle?
Roger & Kathy Wienberg’s LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
Hey! Who moved my Thursday NYT crossword to the Friday LAT? The LA Times has a “no rebuses” policy, but is not averse to other devilry occasionally. And this puzzle is packing plenty of that! I have highlighted in red the grid the four SIDEARMs that appear at first to be missing from the puzzle. The second part of each down answer is unclued in Across Lite; I’m unsure how this is realized in print, I’m guessing those clues were left unnumbered? Anyway we have DOLL(ARM)ENU, LUN(ARM)ODULE, SUG(ARM)APLE and REGUL(ARM)AIL cunningly laid out in the grid. Our McDonalds’s, regardless of currency, do not have such a menu. I normally avoid the place like the plague, but I had a Filet-o-fish tonight, and in your money, it cost me $3.20 as a meal. Google suggests the US price is $5.79. Move over Big Mac Index!
The focus is definitely on the intricate theme today, but there were some interesting Friday answers, including TANGRAM, GESTALT, and the animal duo of SKINK and MARMOT. The only thing that made me wrinkle my nose was CURDY; it’s actually in the dictionary though! So how I can I argue?