The New York Times puzzle is a solid effort from Kevin Der. The theme entries are a fresh assortment of phrases that end with a solid shape:
The crossword fill sparkles overall, with a smattering of Scrabbly letters and whizbang answers like these:
Clues of note:
Lee Glickstein's Sun crossword exhorts "Not You!" because the solver is to jettison a "U" sound (you/yew) and replace it with an "OO" sound.
Answers and clues I want to comment on:
Billie Truitt's LA Times crossword could give Fred Durst a thirst for attention—each of the five theme entries rhymes with those words.
The four-word phrase FITS TO A T (meaning [Needs no alterations]) looks odd in the grid. Alternate clue: [Toned weasel]. Frequent crossword denizen TERI GARR graduates to full-name status here, and she's clued as a ["Tootsie" Oscar nominee]. She spoke my favorite line in that movie, to Dustin Hoffman's character: "No, we are not friends. I don't take this shit from friends. Only lovers."
I like pop culture themes, and some of Patrick Jordan's theme entries in today's CrosSynergy puzzle double up on the pop culture. "Look! Celebrities!" plays with the interjection "Lo!" by adding LO to the beginning of a phrase and transforming the first word into a celebrity's name.
LORING OUT doesn't do much for me, but those other three! A delightful theme indeed.
October 06, 2008