Benji Goldsmith’s New York Occasions crossword—Amy’s recap
A stunning themeless, if a tad on the simple facet for a Saturday puzzle. The hourglass grid design lends the look of getting a number of lengthy fill, whereas round half of the entries are literally within the 3- and 4-letter area.
Fave fill: “OK, SHOOT,” AT ONE WITH NATURE (what’s your favourite pure surroundings to be in?), CREATES A MONSTER (such an amazing phrase), DIALS IT BACK (additionally nice), SMALL TALK ([It’s sometimes weather-related], true sufficient–it’s chilly in Chicago and snowing in Buffalo, that’s all I do know), MOUSEKETEER, MEAT ALTERNATIVE, the good “IS THIS SEAT TAKEN?”, and “THEY SAY…”.
In no way eager on “OH ME” (it’s marginally higher than AH ME, which all you constructors ought to purge out of your wordlists!), and RATLIKE feels possibly bizarre. TERNS is boring fill, however the clue saves it: [Birds that rarely swim, despite having webbed feet]. They simply need to be prepared for something! I don’t suppose [Quirky old fellas] is apt for GEEZERS; boring and cranky outdated fellas may additionally be known as geezers, and quirkiness doesn’t enter into it, in my expertise. Is Merriam-Webster off base, or am I?
4 stars from me.
Kate Chin Park and Brooke Husic’s Los Angeles Occasions crossword — Stella’s write-up
I don’t have a lot time to put in writing this one up, however I’ll say that I favored the vitality of this grid, between SCREEN TIME, PARTY DRESS (nice clue, too), JELLY SHOES, SHEA BUTTER, SMARTPHONE, and STRAPPY as a descriptor for sneakers [Like wrap heels]. I additionally loved the clues of [Pity parties?] for SORE LOSERS and [One doing spit takes?] for WINE TASTER.
TRUST NO ONE additionally had me pondering of the opening credit of Wie Is de Mol? and the ominous whisper of “Belief no one!”
Lisa Senzel and Jeff Chen’s Wall Avenue Journal crossword, “Doc Work” — pannonica’s write-up
Punny phrases within the type of issues medical professionals may say. Tomswiftian stuff.
- 23a. [“My colleagues and I will do some exploratory work on your knee, in a ___,” said the rheumatologist] JOINT VENTURE.
- 31a. [“My role is to ___,” said the OB/GYN] HELP PEOPLE OUT.
- 47a. [“You have to be ___,” said the pediatrician] A LITTLE PATIENT.
- 66a. [“Never fear, I use only ___,” said the surgeon] CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY.
- 84a. [“My procedures should be able to ___,” said the orthopedist] SET YOU STRAIGHT.
- 99a. [“Be warned, I may have to make some ___,” said the dermatologist] RASH DECISIONS.
- 113a. [“Don’t worry, during your corrective procedure, I’ll stay ___,” said the ophthalmologist] LASER-FOCUSED.
Maybe laughter is the perfect drugs?
- 35d [One being strung along?] BEAD. My first thought was KITE.
- 38d [Rom-com plot, usually] CUTE STORY. Was pondering LOVE STORY, however there was additionally 33d [Comedian Love] LONI.
- 43d [Alternative to NYSE] OTC. 44a [Call’s counterpart] PUT. 105a [Vehicles that can roll over, briefly] IRAS. Simply in case you’d forgotten it’s the Wall Avenue Journal.
- Theme-adjacent: 35a [Severe cold, say] BAD CASE.
- 40a [Perennial chicken course?] ROAD. >groan<
- 106a [Spotting 26-Across, say] ON SAFARI; 26a [Nyala or gnu] ANTELOPE. These entries are symmetrically reverse one another, a pleasant contact.
- 117a [Gradually reveals a scene, to a cinematographer] IRISES IN. Not a way seen a lot in modern movies.
- 122a [Do-it-yourself tool?] SEX TOY. Bit racy, no?
Matthew Sewell’s Newsday crossword, Saturday Stumper — pannonica’s write-up
Principally clean crusing on this one, with some turbulence within the decrease proper as I struggled to finish the grid. Actually, I nonetheless don’t totally perceive a number of the clues there: 65a [Some roots of rock] STRATA? 56a [Turnoff before checking in] RENTAL CAR RETURN? Finest guess is that the latter is on the airport, and checking in is for a flight. Not fairly certain how STRATA are roots, however there it’s.
- 3d [Création volcanique] ÎLE. Spent technique to a lot time fascinated by how one may say ‘ash’ in French.
- 7d [Protective layer] HEN. Tough little clue.
- 22d [Major producer of pomegranates] IRAN. Sure, it’s pomegranate season. The one at the moment sitting in my basket, which I must open up, is from the USA.
- 34d [Show servility] GENUFLECT. Anybody else pondering of Tom Lehrer?
- 41d [Juvenile jellyfish] LARVAE. Different life phases: polyp, medusa.
- 43d [Growths of grass] SWARDS. Had BLADES for a time. Etymology: Center English, from Previous English sweard, swearth pores and skin, rind; akin to Center Excessive German swart pores and skin, disguise (m-w)
- 53d [Sound of billowing sails] SLAP. Thought-about SLAP additionally; this hampered my progress on seeing/finishing that lengthy entry RENTAL CAR RETURN.
- 7a [What you may get out of your refrigerator] HUM. Type of a ridiculous clue. Happily, the crosses—whereas not super-easy—have been extra simply gettable.
- 20a [Word from Malay for “sheath”] SARONG. Is smart. 45a [Word associated with parties and dresses] WRAP.
- 21a [Capital by the Red Sea] DINAR. Sure, this one fooled me at present. With the A in place I used to be contemplating AMMAN.
- 37a [A name of Eliot’s] STEARNS. The S of T.S.
Not my favourite Stumper clear up of late, however a very good exercise. Regardless of pinwheeling lengthy entries to bind issues collectively, it one way or the other felt incohesive. Then again it’s fairly believable that I’m simply projecting my psychological state onto the grid. Time for espresso!
Mikkel Snyder & Brooke Husic’s USA In the present day crossword—Matthew’s recap
Nothing to see right here – USA hasn’t posted at present’s but, and I reviewed yesterday’s.