Brad Wilber's New York Times crossword
You know what's not a great combo? Doing a Saturday NYT puzzle an hour closer to bedtime and clues pertaining to Broadway shows and horse racing—and an Egyptian pharaoh for good measure. Or bad measure. Slow measure, anyway. Lots of cool stuff in this puzzle, plus a small smattering of the "bleh" type stuff. Here's what I liked the most in this challenging puzzle:
And then there's the more elusive stuff. Come Saturday, you have to expect a lot of this:
Bruce Venzke's L.A. Times crossword
See my L.A. Crossword Confidential post after the wee hours of Saturday morning. I'm trying to wrap up the Saturday blogging too late on Friday night, I'm sleepy, and I'm leaving for Mother's Day weekend in the morning.
Updated Saturday morning:
Bob Klahn's CrosSynergy puzzle, "Sign Up!"
The theme here is phrases in which the word SIGN appears upwards. DOWN is [Not the way to look if you need help with this puzzle's theme], and these phrases split NG IS across two words:
A few cool clues or answers:
Four "Huh?" clues:
Doug Peterson's Newsday "Saturday Stumper"
Hey! Look at that. I finished without resorting to Google, with only about 10 flat-out wrong answers that I had to rework along the way. (There were many more answers that I couldn't come up with a single workable answer for, in addition to those wrong entries.) A handful of tough clues, extracted from the list of almost-all-tough clues:
There's a good chance that the Oryx recognition of this year's toughest crossword will have to go to the Saturday Stumpers as a group. They've had their easy and medium years, but now they're in a mad-tough year.
May 08, 2009