Neville Fogarty’s New York Times crossword—Ben’s review
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope however you’re celebrating this year (be it a buttermilk-brined turkey breast or whatever main course you want now that you’re not tied to making a massive turkey for family) that you’re staying safe.
Neville Fogarty has today’s puzzle, and I think I would have cracked its secrets early on if I had been solving the print edition rather than the online version. Once it was solved, the grid re-aligned itself to show what was going on, but if you solved online, here’s what you would have entered:
- 18A: Oboe or flute sound — VVOOWWEELL
- 29A: Home to around eight million Americans — IISSLLAANNDD
- 47A: Circumlocutory — WWIINNDDEEDD
- 61A: Some winter wear — JJOOHHNNSS
The print version has only half as many double-wide squares for each of these, allowing you to fill each in with LONG (71A, “Word interpreted literally in completing four of this puzzle’s answers”) versions each of these and fully answer the clues – LONG VOWEL, LONG ISLAND, LONG WINDED, and LONG JOHNS
It’s a clever idea, even if the online version doesn’t have the same punch as the print version does.
I leave it there since it’s a holiday. Whether you’re someone who FLIES SOLO in your FEASTING today or you’re celebrating with your quarantine pod, may your main course be satisfying, your sides delicious, and your pies perfectly baked.
Joe Deeney’s LA Times crossword – Gareth’s summary
DREAMSEQUENCE is an excellent choice of revealing answer. The rest of the theme execution is fairly basic: the letters of DREAM are scrambled across two parts of theme entries. We get 20th century REEFERMADNESS and REDARMY; fellow shorty HEADMRI; esoteric THIRDAMENDMENT (why do we never hear of people defending this one!) and GINGERBREADMEN, clued oddly as holiday cookies; which holiday??? I see them in low numbers throughout the year? Do you serve them with turkey in the US?
My error was PHI/PHIENG. That is the ante-ante-penultimate letter. I didn’t know the correspondent so I went in blind.
Least plausible clue: ITSFUN as a [Carnival ride cry]. That does not sound at all natural.
David Alfred Bywaters’ Universal crossword, “I Was Framed” — Jim Q’s write-up
The title is perfect. “Four Eyes” might be an alternative!
THEME: The word “EYE” is added in the middle of common phrases to create wacky answers.
- 17A [Part of an improvised pirate costume?] CABBAGE EYE PATCH.
- 25A [Beer goggles’ more sophisticated counterparts?] WINE EYEGLASSES.
- 41A [Rag doll features?] COTTON EYEBALLS.
- 54A [Two elements of a hipster social gathering?] ROCK AND EYE ROLLS.
Very fun and playful theme. By far, 54A is my favorite of the themers. I love the visual.
I mistakingly thought the clue suggested rag dolls featured COTTON BALLS for a second, which sounds awfully specific to Raggedy Andy. I think I was distracted because when I typed COTTON EYE… I really want to finish it with JOE.
A CABBAGE EYE PATCH is delightfully ridiculous. WINE GLASSES and WINE EYEGLASSES as a set seems redundant in a way, since GLASSES and EYEGLASSES seem rather interchangeable for me as terms.
Favorite clue was the meta at 35D [This clue is one.] SENTENCE. Very strange to see a period end a clue. Reminds me of the Margaret Farrar era!
4.1 Stars. Happy Thanksgiving!