January 8, 2014 by manvspuzzle
- 18A — Tub accessory : BATH SPONGE
- 24A — Doohickey : THINGAMABOB
- 36A — Channel for the character named by the ends of 18-, 24-, 52- and 59-Across : NICKELODEON
- 52A — New Year’s Eve hot spot : TIMES SQUARE
- 59A — 2011 Tina Fey autobiography : BOSSYPANTS
What’s Good: Theme Consistency (2 one-word themers, and 2 two-word themers [discounting the revealer], so there’s no “odd man out.”)
I’m happy with this. It didn’t quite feel like a Wednesday puzzle (played on the easy side for me), but I caught onto the theme quickly and had all of the theme entries filled in after my first pass through the Across clues. It helps that I’m a huge fan of BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey, and keep a copy next to my exercise equipment to flip through when I’m “working out.” So yeah, this puzzle was Monday- or Tuesday-fast for me.
Shout out to TORII Hunter on making your NYT puzzle debut! Though I don’t really appreciate your embarrasingly racist and homophobic media displays, you sure are a great right fielder! And also, being able to take the word TORII out of the context of “Shinto shrine entrance” is probably a good thing.
Somebody please tell me where the bad fill is in this puzzle. Maybe it’s ESSA. Or the less-common spelling of TEPEES. Do you have a problem with MOTET or OTIC, you jerk? I don’t. You just need to learn and know those words. And I refuse to complain about ETAIL. It’s a thing — get used to it.
What I’m saying, I guess, is that I liked this puzzle. Good theme density. Lots of wide-open space in the corners (n00bs: wide-open space often means things get wacky and fun!). Great fill, minus just a couple, maybe.
See you tomorrow.