Peter Wentz’s Friday, 4/11/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

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April 11, 2014 by manvspuzzle

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Theme: None


Something Good: The Middle.  Look at that big, beautiful meatball hanging there like a rogue planet in deep space.  I wanna bite it.  I wanna put it on bread, cover it with tomato sauce, and have it for lunch.  That’s how much I like it.  Two 8s, two 9s and four 7s crossing two 9s, two 10s and a 7.  All of them good — many of them great(despite the many convenient plurals, which I didn’t even notice during my solve).  It’s a satisfying little puzzlechunk.



4 11 14

Great stuff.

I’m just now noticing upon studying the grid that this is a pangram.  That’s great.  Didn’t care about it when solving, don’t really care about it now, but this is the kind of pangram I like to see.  That is, one that doesn’t feel pushy and forced.  The subtle pangram is the superior pangram.  It appeases the pro-pangram faction while still catering to the demands of vocal, obstinate supersolvers.

So yeah, this is how you do a pangram.

Love TOO TOO.  Love seeing TED TALKS and KAFKAESQUE and VELVET ROPE.  I even found POPE LEO X kinda fun (somehow it seems far superior to just LEOX or LEO-whatever, which I’ve seen before).  Many, many others too numerous to mention.  Lots of good long stuff here, which is as it should be, of course.

And the short stuff — the glue, if you will — is also nice.  26 4- and 3-letter words, all of them fine to good.  Nothing the average Monday solver shouldn’t know, with the possible exception of NOHONOHO is basically fairly crossed, but I suspect some solvers will quit after messing around in that southwest corner for a while (the crossings include TOO TOO, which may be unseeable for some, and THE ASP, which is a know-it-or-you-don’t kind of answer — possibly inferable, maybe not).

Should I complain about something?  I can try.  NATE Ruess crossing KURTIS Blow is pretty crazow, but kind of inferable and basically fun if you can muscle through it.  The duplicated I (I DECLARE, I REALIZE) is a little inelegant, I guess, but they’re both pretty great answers, so who cares?

Um…

Sorry, there’s really nothing to complain about.  This is a great Friday puzzle.  Good constructing and editing.  Quite nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Peter Wentz’s Friday, 4/11/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

  1. Z says:

    Crisp, clean, smooth. One complaint, we got restaurant orders and ancient Greek orders but no ancient Greek restaurant orders.

  2. tom pepper says:

    I liked it too. Was hard work here but worth all the effort. After filling in KAFKAESQUE and KINESCOPE, I started second-guessing myself wondering if they both started with C and changed it. So when Mr. Happy Pencil didn’t appear, at least I knew where to go to fix it.

    I like the meatball analogy. The middle is very tasty, even with all the Ss.

    ANN at 43A was at my wedding 37 years ago in Oregon. We were college friends, though I haven’t seen her since. She lit up a room like no one I’d ever known, but when I started seeing her on TV, she seemed so much more subdued than the person I remember. In any case, a genuinely wonderful woman.

    OK, I talked to Tom Kite for 1 minute. I knew Ann Curry in college. And I’ve stood (very quietly) next to Tiger Woods a couple times. But that’s all I got with the rich and famous. No more namedropping possible, I promise!

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