oh hi. this week's episode of matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest, "Doctor My Eyes," was a breezy solve with an easy but still nifty metapuzzle. let's look at the theme answers:
... and this is now. guess what? the more things change, the more they stay the same. these hit songs all contain no vowel other than I. so what's the answer? the contest instructions are straightforward: This week's contest answer is the grid entry that best describes this puzzle's five theme entries. i'm not sure exactly what the puzzle's title, "Doctor My Eyes," refers to (other than I's, homophonically), but surely the contest answer is ITUNES, or "I"-TUNES, clued at 47a as [Digital record store].
despite the fact that this was a pretty easy crossword, it still took me over 4 minutes, which is typical for a thursday time. why? well, part of it was certainly the fact that i'd never heard of four of the five theme answers. but there were also these knotty bits. [1990s Apple CEO Gil ___] is apparently AMELIO, and he's the only answer in the fill i'd absolutely never heard of. but there were some other knotty spots:
there are a couple of clunkers crossing in the southeast. [Almost a week into September, when written out], is NINE FIVE, as in 9/5. it crosses [Parking garage section, perhaps], which is A LEVEL. i would have been fine with this answer clued as a set of british exams, but this seemed arbitrary to me (though not as arbitrary as NINE FIVE).
my favorite clues:
June 09, 2009