David Steinberg’s Saturday, 3/8/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)


March 8, 2014 by manvspuzzle


Theme: None

Something Good: The Corner Stacks.  There are some compromises in the fill here (very few, but some) because of the emphasis on these 8- and 9-letter entries.  So they’d better be good, Steinberg!  And they are.

3 8 14

Yo, this is a pretty great puzzle.  BIG HOAX aside, everything seemed real and gettable and basically colorful and good.  I found some real difficulty here, especially in the Southeast, but I muscled through it much better than yesterday.  Took a while, but not too long.

JACOBS (1D — A. J. ___, author of the best seller “The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World”) was interesting.  I’ve actually read this book.  It’s ok, mostly just gimmicky.  I found it kinda weird that he gets to be in NYT puzzle, because I think of him as sort of obscure (am I wrong?  maybe he’s more popular these days since he’s written a few more equally-gimmicky books).  And it reminded me how unfair I feel it is that my favorite band, Ween (now disbanded) has *never* been an answer in the NYT.  If this JACOBS character can make it, I feel like it’s time for Ween to have its moment in the sun.  Get on it, constructors.

But anyway, I was basically happy with this.  Difficulty-wise, just perfect for me on a Saturday.  Nice mixture of fresh sparkly goodness and standard crossword burnt toast.  But it’s just a little toast.

Today I like it all.  Give me all of the words.  Even you, AOLERS.

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