Jennifer Nutt’s New York Times puzzle – Sophia’s write-up
Theme: GIFT wrapping- every of the theme solutions begins with one thing used to wrap a gift.
- 17a [Built-in lag time to allow bleeping during a live broadcast] – TAPE DELAY
- 24a [Part of a swimmer’s sidestroke] – SCISSORS KICK
- 40a [Good vantage point at an opera house or stadium] – BOX SEAT
- 51a [Like a puppy who’s learned where to “go”] – PAPER TRAINED
- 64a [Archer’s arrow launcher] – BOWSTRING
Happy holidays everybody! I’m on the east coast for the following two weeks, which suggests ready all the way in which till 6pm for the Monday puzzle to return out, are you able to think about?! Anyways, at present’s puzzle is an appropriately festive one for the beginning of the vacation week. I just like the idea of the theme loads, and all of the necessary items of present wrapping are right here. The theme solutions are all strong phrases and usually disguised the gift-related phrase effectively. Even understanding the theme, it took me some time to provide you with PAPER TRAINED – I actually needed “housebroken” or one thing like that.
It was a bit off placing to have GIFT randomly sitting on the facet of the grid like that as an alternative of in a nook. I perceive why it’s there, given the density of the thematic materials and the necessity for a revealer, but it surely was odd to see it midway by way of the clear up and took away from the aha second for me.
The puzzle total performed tougher than the standard Monday for me. I made a number of errors within the high half of the puzzle, wanting [Dodos] to be “dolts” as an alternative of ASSES, [With it] to be “sane” as an alternative of HIP, and 16a [Not sharp, as a pencil or knife] to be “dull” as an alternative of BLUNT (Imagine how a lot hassle I might have been in if these solutions had been really the precise size!). AMOR clued because the Roman love god, ROLF, ORANG, and particularly the CASIO/ENIAC cross additionally appeared probably tough. Maybe the fill would have been higher if BOX SEAT had been ditched and there have been solely 4 theme solutions?
Favorite entries at present: SKYROCKET, SLACKER, and St. OLAF College. Northfield Minnesota characterize!