March 8, 2014 by manvspuzzle
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.
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.