James Mulhern’s Saturday, 12/7/13 crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

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December 7, 2013 by manvspuzzle

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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This took me about 40 minutes, which is about perfect for me.  That’s about how much time I want to spend on a Friday or Saturday puzzle, cause I like to savor that sweet puzzle candy.  Yesterday’s 20 minutes, for me, meant it was a tad easy.  This was good.

Dear Emma Stone: enjoy the best day of your life, making your NYT puzzle debut (I think) with your *full dang name*.  That sort of tribute is usually reserved for such mega-superstars as Al Capp and Ed Asner.  Go, girl.

Some great fill here, and nothing that really made me wince.  SANDAL TAN was awesome — I have a permanent one in the summer.  BUG ZAPPER is fun (except for the bugs, of course).

And I’d say this was a learning puzzle.  Things I didn’t know: Donny OSMOND hosted “Pyramid.”  Harvard has an all-male GLEE CLUB.  A guy named STU Nahan exists.  There were other things, too.

All in all, this is just what I look for in a Saturday puzzle.  Good stuff, James.  You too, Will!

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