April 26, 2014 by manvspuzzle
Theme Answers: None
Something Good: The New Stuff. Lots of long answers are new to the NYT puzzle today, and they’re mostly super-sweet. I’m talking specifically about HOW DARE YOU, BELT SANDER, RETROVIRUS, RACE CARD, and WIFE SWAP. Also OK BUT (I really like that one). Sparkly long stuff is one thing; *new* sparkly long stuff makes even veteran supersolvers stop frowning for a few minutes. Very nice stuff.
First, some housekeeping. Be advised that I’m changing houses this weekend, and my Internet/computer access is going to be weird for about the next 6 days. There will be a way to do this blog, but it’s going to be interesting. Time will also be an issue, so prepare for some concise posts.
Now, about this puzzle. So great for me. My kind of solve. Relatively difficult but I got through it with no need for even a hint of Google. When that happens on a Saturday, it invariably means that there are no unfair crossings. The one thing that almost everyone can agree on when it comes to puzzle-related arguing is that unfair crossings (a.k.a. Naticks) are *no* *good*. For me, it’s the #1 thing I don’t want to see as a solver. I really don’t mind a piece of crap fill word at all (and if it’s new to me, I might actually like it if it’s clued well) as long as it’s gettable through the crossings.
Evan is pretty awesome. He’s got his own indy puzzle. He constructed this week’s Fireball (I confess I haven’t finished it yet and probably won’t get a chance to before the deadline). And he’s a Temple guy (I went there for a while back in my heyday; still a fan of their sports teams).