David Steinberg’s New York Times crossword—Ben’s write-up
Happy Friday, y’all! We’re almost done with this dumpster fire of a year, so let’s finish out strong! This week’s Friday NYT is from David Steinberg.
Working in tech means that I knew that “Checks for bugs” was going to be BETA TESTS right away. I was really concerned “She’s always down for a good time” somehow led to BOOTY CALL and was ready to SLAP the constructor, but it’s just PARTY GIRL (which doesn’t feel that much better, OKEY DOKEY?)
I really liked the three longer entries in the upper right — PANORAMA, EVIL GRIN, and DEAD SEXY are all great, as were STIMULI, CASHFLOW, and CINNABON (the cinnamon bun retailer available in nearly every airport, where everything smells 200% better than it tastes). The southern part of the grid tripped up my time – my CICERO is rusty, and I can’t really tell my HAN characters from kanji et. al. I REALIZE ELO is a popular band with the constructor set for obvious reasons, but “Rockaria!” is one of my least favorite hits of theirs – give me “Turn to Stone” any day over that.
3.75 stars from me. I’ll leave you with “ON HOLD” by The xx on this bitterly cold Boston Thursday/Friday.
David Alfred Bywaters’ LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
Theme answers have theatrical words in them, used in non-theatrical contexts; the clues are rewritten to make them about theatre. In some cases the part of speech is changed, but not always. So: postSCRIPT, CASTinstone, ACTINGpresident, PLAYchicken and floodSTAGE.
The rest of the puzzle was mostly short answers, and a lot easier than most LA Times Fridays. I did enjoy the inanimate [Catcher of small prey], SPIDERWEB clue and [Like the last letter in a column?] for SILENT, even if the latter has a forced “a”…