January 28, 2014 by manvspuzzle
Theme: +BO. 4 Theme answers are common 2-word terms/phrases, each of which phonetically replicated and affixed with the letters B-O, with hilarious consequences.
- 20A — Celebration dance after a goal? : SOCCER MAMBO
- 57A — Punched out a Disney elephant? : STRUCK DUMBO
- 11D — Aerobics done to Chubby Checker music? : TWIST TAE BO
- 29D — Give a hobbit a ring? : PHONE BILBO
What’s Good: 1) Fun Theme, 2) Decent 4+-Letter Fill
I really liked this. Like, really. Very good Tuesday construction with very good fill. Nice job.
I will point out the 3-letter stuff: BAP, BET, IOU, COL, NTH, OBI, PSI, SAT, TNT. Meh. Not great. All gettable, but very much out-of-sync with the rest of the fill.
I will also point out the theme inconsistency. Why don’t you tell me which of these is not like the other?
- TAE BO
(Hint: it’s the one with 2 words)
This inconsistency didn’t bother me in the least while I was solving; it was only after I started to pick the puzzle apart that I noticed it. It bugs me now, but I think that’s just because I’ve been conditioned to feel like I’m *supposed* to be bugged by it. Again, not a bother when I was solving. It just makes me raise an eyebrow now. Mostly I just want to know why the inconsistency exists. Could the constructor not come up with another 1-word -BO thing? Could he, but just didn’t care? I dunno. How do you feel about it?
But enough about the negatives. I was really impressed by the fill here, especially since this is Jeff’s debut. Have I seen better? Sure. But I’ve also seen much worse.
I really enjoyed the long downs INFRARED and PARAKEET. Oh, and also the clue for SHOE (30D — It’s about a foot). Ha!
That’s it. See you tomorrow.