Daniel Raymon’s Wednesday, 12/4/13 crossword puzzle

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December 4, 2013 by manvspuzzle

12 4 13

© The New York Times

Theme: SK/SC sounds become SQU sounds, turning normal things into hilarious things.

Theme entries:

17A: Food critic’s assessment of calamari? SQUID MARKS

27-A: Maneuver on a chessboard? SQUARE TACTIC

43-A: Rugrat pursuer? SQUIRT CHASER

57-A: Outstanding posture for a catcher? GREAT SQUAT

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Hmmm.  This is my first puzzle writeup ever.  Not sure where to start.

How about the theme?  It’s a pretty nice concept.  I’m partial to it because I published a puzzle not too long ago that featured a squid in part of its theme.  At the same time, though, there is some inconsistency: SQUID MARKS is the only plural in a group of singulars.  GREAT SQUAT is the only interjection-y thing in a group of nouns.  That did give me pause.

Then, of course, there’s the fact that GREAT SQUAT is the only one that not only changes the spelling of its rhyme (from ‘-ott’ in the original term, to ‘-at’ in the wacky term), but it’s also the only one that has the wacky/changed word as the second word in the term — all of the others have it as the first.  More pause given.

The solving experience was fine, if not a little on the frustrating side.  The southern area (EEOC crossing REA and EON) was really all a guess for me, going on blind faith that EONs sometimes have names(?).

Had PIANO for GRAND for a long while, and SQIN blew the back of my head off.

Not the greatest of fill, but…I *was* able to get through it all, which is always a bonus.  Sure took me a while, though.  Which is basically normal.

That’s it for now.

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