February 27, 2014 by manvspuzzle
Theme: A quote. This is a quote puzzle.
- 15A — Sign at a neighborhood bar, part 1 : DONT TALK ABOUT
- 24A — Part 2 of the sign : YOURSELF WE
- 48A — Part 3 of the sign : WILL DO THAT
- 58A — End of the sign : AFTER YOU LEAVE
Something Good: The Cluing. Difficulty (mostly) comes from cluing. Despite the relative simplicity of this theme type (especially for a Thursday), this puzzle played on the hard side for me, which I like late in the week. Well-written/edited.
I’m really impressed by this puzzle, because it was actually a very fun (and difficult) solve. And it’s a quote puzzle, which is nobody’s favorite, mine included. The quote itself? Mildly amusing. But much of everything else really had me going there for a long time. I had SPARSE instead of SCARCE (1A — Pretty hard to find) for way too long, which led me to wonder if kids might PHONE UP their friends to form teams, or if there really *are* lots of viral videos about the SAT that I’m just not aware of. Had ABA instead of AMA until the bitter end, which kept AMAZIN (14A — ___ Avenue (Mets’ community website)) from falling into place. And those are just two examples. I struggled all around this grid. But, you know, in a fun way.
No crosswordese, of course. That’s Stanley Newman’s hallmark. YELLOWY (22D — Blond) is kinda silly, though.
So, as quote puzzles go, this one was great. This is how it should be done. Great job.