Gareth Bain’s Monday, 4/14/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

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April 14, 2014 by manvspuzzle

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Theme: THERE/THEIR/THEY’RE.  3 grid-spanning answers begin with one of those homophones.

Theme Answers:

  • 17A — Famous debate words from Reagan to Carter : THERE YOU GO AGAIN
  • 37A — Churchill’s description of the Royal Air Force during W.W. II : THEIR FINEST HOUR
  • 58A — Endorsement from Tony the Tiger : THEYRE GRRRRREAT

Something Good: This Ridiculously Simplistic Theme.  So obvious, so silly.  Not a mind-blower, but definitely crossworthy and Monday-friendly.  A very good theme for noobs.  A lengthy research session tells me it hasn’t been done before.  How is that possible?!  Somebody tell me I’m wrong.



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Pretty good theme for a Monday.  The fill is below-average-to-fine.  Not super-sparkly, but good enough.  My big complaint comes at the crossing of OXEYES and EER; no issue for me, but for those poor, theoretical beginners we theoretically alienate when we don’t turn out Berryesque fill.  I hope that X isn’t the reason for it…

But whatever.  FOODIE is cool.  Same with AGE GAPS.  That’s about it for fun fill.  The rest is just more or less fine.

But the theme: it’s nice.  Fun and simple and obvious.  One of those wish-I’d-thought-of-it things, and I’m still pretty shocked it *hasn’t* been thought of before.

That’s pretty much it.  Just an average, basically good Monday.

p.s. Check out today’s LA Times puzzle if you get the chance.  I constructed it along with 12 high school students.  We’re pretty psyched about it. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Gareth Bain’s Monday, 4/14/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

  1. tom pepper says:

    Mondays are for evangelizing the crossword non-believers. Themes are simple, and fill should be fully understandable to prospective converts. I think this fills the bill nicely. THRO and OBIS are the only things that stick out as mildly objectionable, but the fact that they are symmetrically placed in opposite corners should count for something.

    Generally, puzzles with 6 or fewer 3-letter answers can’t be that offensive to newbies. So, good job evangelizing, Gareth! Very enjoyable Monday.

    And, to the whole CHSVT Cruciverbalism Class–congratulations! A very fine and fun puzzle! (Spoiler alert!) All the DDs are solid and Duck Dynasty is very fresh. Lots of other likeable stuff … IMPROV, ISOTONER, SEXT, PHANTOM, BELFRY. I liked ANGEL following DIRTDEVIL. I’ll bet someone wanted to clue PINK as the singer, right? Who vetoed that? And which of the crosses on TOXIC is the most appropriate? You could make a case for any of them. That’s it, in a NUTSHELL–good going!

  2. Z says:

    A perfect theme for our theoretical video clues.

    The fill was pretty crisp, nothing too crosswordesey. Lots of fours and fives thankfully limit the ern/RRN/Random Compass Direction opportunities. Instead of a RCD we get a MAP. Much, much better.

    The LAT puzzle arrives in the mail on Monday courtesy of the Freep. I’m looking forward to it.

  3. manvspuzzle says:

    Thanks for the LAT love, guys. My first for that venue — pretty nice community!

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