Barry Silk’s and Brad Wilber’s Friday, 1/3/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

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January 3, 2014 by manvspuzzle

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Theme: None

What’s Good: The Long Stuff. As is often the case with Fridays and Saturdays, the long, sparkly answers outshine the ho-hum short answers.

© The New York Times

© The New York Times


I suck.

I do not know what a PETIT FOUR is.  Despite *years* of seeing EROICA in puzzles, I have failed to remember it.  ENIAC always eludes me until it’s too late.  I do not know these NICOLAIs you speak of.  I don’t know THA or ERI.  All of this made for a pretty difficult solve for me today.

Many will argue that these short answers just plain stink: THA, ERI, ATT (which, actually, I don’t get), NAE, SYL, WVA, ATNO, CRAT.  I’m not sure I agree.  They definitely aren’t common, standard, in-the-langage, “fun” words.  But I feel like I should know all of them, and they are all very *real.*  I’ve said this many times before, but if we get to a place as a puzzling community where we lose *real* words because they’re not “common,” I’ll be a very sad dude.  All I want is for the crossings to be fair (they are in this puzzle).  I don’t need to be coddled with simple words.

FOREVER STAMP and TWITTERVERSE are both just great.  DONNA REED (dead celebrity crush!), EXPEDIA, GOGETTERS, LIBRARIAN, MAIN ROAD, MIXTURE, PAIN FREE, and WYCH ELM are all cool, too, and brand new to the NYT puzzle.

So what I’m saying is that I liked this, but it was hard for me.  I really came to a halt in the Northwest due to my aforementioned personal weaknesses, but I’m hoping that now that I’ve written about it, I’ll never forget that stuff.

Thanks to the B-Boys, Brad and Barry.

One more thing: does anyone get what I’m going for with today’s featured image?  Bonus points if you do.



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