Head over to Roy Leban's Puzzazz.com for this month's crossword, "High-Tech Mergers." (You can solve online, in Across Lite, or on a PDF printout.) As the title suggests, it's got a tech theme, but you need not be an IT professional to crack this puzzle. Roy calls it Monday-Tuesday difficulty, but it took me 4:52 to finish and that's beyond Tuesday level for me. Could just be that it was late and I was tired when I tackled it...
Caleb Madison's New York Times crossword, "A Stately Garden"
A few weeks back, I killed some time at the illustrated Wikipedia article depicting the various state flowers. So that helped me as I ventured through the theme entries in Caleb's puzzle, and I entered some of the flowers in the circled squares before I had the complete answer.
I love the state flowers aspect of the theme, but I'm mildly put out that two of the flowers' names are incomplete and that the violet clue omits two states that honor that flower.
All right, what else is in this puzzle that I want to talk about?
Updated Sunday morning:
Gail Grabowski's syndicated Los Angeles Times crossword, "Torn Fabric"
My full write-up is at L.A. Crossword Confidential. The theme is hidden fabrics "torn" across two words in assorted phrases:
Merl Reagle's Philadelphia Inquirer crossword, "Testing Your Forty-tude"
This "do the math" theme is a lot of fun: Take two familiar numbers and perform an arithmetic operation to end up with 40. Like so:
Overall, the fill was quite smooth—no trouble spots to sandbag the solver.
Henry Hook's 6(ish)-week-old Boston Globe crossword, "Triple Sixes"
The theme entries are six three-word phrases in which all the words are 6 letters long. PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND was a [1534 Cartier discovery]. HELENA BONHAM CARTER was a ["Howards End" cast member]. [The Simpsons' dog] is named SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER. [1993 movie sequel] is ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES. "LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!" is the [Director's call]. JACKIE JOYNER KERSEE is an Olympic [Heptathlon great]. Another famous 666er, Ronald Wilson Reagan, sat this one out.
Favorite clue: [Stocking-up device?] is a GARTER.
Least favorite: [Physics Nobelist Emilio] SEGRE is unfamiliar to me. In Merl's puzzle, SERGE appears in almost the exact same place in the grid, and is much more solver-friendly. There's also [Old Roman coins], or DENARII. I've seen this one a couple times and have not been wild about it.
Martin Ashwood-Smith's themeless CrosSynergy "Sunday Challenge"
The master of the triple-stack provides top and bottom triple-stacked 15's:
Politics and the media take center stage in this puzzle. In addition to the top triple-stack, there are these related answers:
Assorted other clues: NISI is [Decree ___ (non-absolute court ruling)]. [Range topper] is a STETSON hat worn out on the range. SAXES are [Instruments for Clarence Clemons] (the clue misspells it as "Instruments for Clarence Clemens"). Saxes are not involved in a Marilyn [Horne solo], or ARIA.
May 02, 2009