The Chronicle of Higher Education is now on its summer schedule with puzzles every two weeks.
Caleb Madison’s New York Times crossword—Jenni’s write-up
I don’t think I’ve ever done a Friday puzzle in under five minutes. I usually do them first thing Friday morning – maybe that’s it. Or I’m channeling Amy, since this is her usual blogging slot. Or maybe this is a easier-than-usual Friday, and I had a head start because I know what epistaxis means. Whatever the reason, I really liked this puzzle.
- The fun starts right at 1a [Outburst after a nefarious plan is hatched]. The answer is MWAHAHA, the transcription of an evil laugh. This is a wonderful entry. Has it appeared before?
- I also really liked 17a [Response to a joke], which is RIMSHOT.
- The NE corner was also enjoyable, with HAS A COW and ONE LOVE.
- I found the near sight-rhyme of GEODESIC DOME and ICE CREAM CONE very pleasing.
- This puzzle is ECLECTIC in a very good way.
What I didn’t know before I did this puzzle: that Al MICHAELS was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013. This is the one I remember:
and this is the other Al Michaels clip even non-sports fans have seen.
Evan Kalish’s Universal Crossword, “Initial Offering”—Judge Vic’s write-up
Evan, aka E.K. for present purposes, offers up a group of starred people for an apt student org.: A.V. CLUB:
- AMERIGO VESPUCCI,
- ALI VELSHI,
- ABE VIGODA, and
- ALESSANDRO VOLTA.
That’s it. To get into this theme, all you had to do was have a last name starting with V and be born to parents who would christen you with a name starting with A. Nothing wrong with this.
With more than a fair amount of theme matter, Evan delivers on non-theme matter as well:
- HOME EC
- NOBLE LIE
- OWES TO
- MR. ROBOTO
- TIE ONE ON
- CAUGHT AIR
- OCCURS TO
- NICE SHOT
Lots of nice ILSA’s there.
Not an earth-shaking theme, but a nice one. And with nothing troubling in the fill, I’m giving this one 4 stars.
David Alfred Bywaters’ LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
Today’s wacky Friday features homophones. The sound in question is “əʊl” with all the “to” forms being spelt “ole”. The set of five answers are shorter than many, but I found some to create strong images, my favourite being a selfish bunny as a (HOLE)HOG. The rest of the set are (SOLE)MATES, (POLE)TAX, EGG(ROLE) and SUPER(BOLE).
The strangest clue/answer pair was REDAS as a [Trio in the logo…] – RED A’S. I hate partials at the best of times, but “red as” a beet is considerably less bizarre than that. Actually, I don’t get [Energizes], GOOSES either. Goose as a verb to me involves stimulation that I wouldn’t typically describe as “energizing”. On the other hand, I enjoyed the pedantry in the ROOT clue: [Carrot (always) or stick (sometimes)]. A third clue of note for me was [Product of Bali], BRA. New BRA clues are rare; I’m guessing that this is an American brand? [Paging our fiendish bra guru…]