Happy Valentine's Day, all! May the love of a good crossword keep you warm on this midwinter night.
Joe Krozel's New York Times crossword has a bizarre-looking grid—the black squares mostly snake inward from the edges, and those snakes cut off two corners that connect to the rest of the puzzle via a single answer. Avert your eyes from the black squares, though, and focus on the white squares: triple-stacked 15-letter entries criss-crossing in the middle of the grid, with additional 9- and 10-letter answers extending from the triple stacks into the four corners. Here are the 15s:
Among the more difficult clues are the following:
Stuff I liked: [Added power, in slang] is SOUP. I haven't seen this noun sense before, but a car or computer can be "souped up." [It's often filtered] refers to E-MAIL. The people who developed spam filters should get some sort of Nobel Prize, shouldn't they? How about a Hallmark holiday where we all send them thank-you cards? [Lionel to Drew Barrymore] is her GREAT UNCLE. They're both in the Barrymore CLAN ([It's all relatives]). [Away, in a way] clues ON FURLOUGH. Last but not least, there's ROAR. "I am woman, hear me roar" is the classic line from the '70s Helen Reddy song, so [Emulate a woman, in "I Am Woman"] clues the word ROAR. This is especially apt if you are a lioness.
Aargh! Blogger or my browser froze up on me just as I was doing the last formatting on my write-up of Robert Wolfe's LA Times crossword. The only way to save those next-day puzzle write-ups in progress would be to do "save as draft," which would remove the existing post from the internet. Can't have that, and I'm not about to routinely copy/paste these things just because 1 in 300 times there may be a problem. Anyway, what was I saying about the LAT puzzle? It's got three colloquial 15-letter phrases:
Entries I liked:
Things that were not so fun:
SCRATCH is clued [Square one]. Which of you astute readers can explain how this clue and answer go together?
Sandy Fein's Newsday "Saturday Stumper" is a mid-range Stumper—not too evilly oblique, not too straightforward. (Solution here.) As with today's NYT puzzle, there are two corner sections connected to the rest of the grid by only a single answer. I've got a question about 24-Across. The clue is [It's over your head], which suggests a singular answer, but the answer is HEAVENS. Doesn't "the heavens" take a plural verb? There's also a typo in the clue for 8-Down; it should be sandpiper and not [Sandipiper relatives]. And now, some assorted clues and answers:
February 13, 2009