David Steinberg’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
This puzzle’s got a pair of 16-letter triple-stacks. “BADA BING, BADA BOOM” and IMAGINARY FRIENDS are lively. The DUKE OF WELLINGTON is history. TALENT MANAGEMENT is solid, and CRISTIANO RONALDO is zippy (but he should spell his surname differently). Never really heard of MASTER CONTROLLER, 68a. [Overseer of all other systems], but sure.
Five more things:
- I miss 36a: SLURPEES. Sure, I’m walking distance from a couple 7-Elevens, but that’s kind of a lot of sugar to pack into a slushie.
- 26a. [___ leches cake], TRES. My family (not counting me) loves this cake.
- 7d. [Where po’ boys are eaten], NAWLINS. Not sure how much the folks in New Orleans approve of that spelling. *waving hello to Team Fiend’s Laura in the Big Easy*
- 9d. [Journalists’ credits], BYLINES. Here we give our thanks and pay our respects to the journalists who lost their lives in Maryland today, and extend our condolences to their colleagues and loved ones. (Here’s a link to Gabrielle Giffords’ group, Courage to Fight Gun Violence.)
- 11d. [Tiny bit], DRIB. This is a terrible entry, isn’t it? The phrase is ” in dribs and drabs.” Some dictionaries list DRIB as a word unto itself, but do you hear people talking about a single drib of anything?
The CAPYBARA is a welcome visitor to the puzzle.
Four stars from me.
Morton J Mendelson’s LA Times crossword – Gareth’s summary
This puzzle is one of those with missing directional words requiring you to mentally rearrange the answer for it to make sense. In this case, all the answers go down, and each has a missing UNDER, represented by the fact the two parts on either side are rearranged. TAKE(UNDER)ADVISEMENT becomes ADVISEMENTTAKE; similarly, we have BRING(UNDER)CONTROL, PUT(UNDER)SUSPICION and FEEL(UNDER)THEWEATHER.
- [Fitness stat.] for BMI is a truly clumsy clue.
- [Pyramid, to Tut], TOMB. Nope, KV62 is definitely not a pyramid. That is an outright error.