Joe DiPietro’s Wall Street Journal crossword, “Beats Me!”—Jim P’s overview
Three Across entries don’t have any clues and are due to this fact UTTERLY CLUELESS (57a, [Lost, like three answers in this puzzle, literally and figuratively]). It seems these solutions are synonyms for UTTERLY CLUELESS as effectively. As a bonus, we discover SENSE at 64a [This puzzle might not make it at first].
- 17a  SLOW ON THE UPTAKE.
- 27a  ADDLE-BRAINED.
- 43a  HAVING NO IDEA.
My first thought was that there was some error in puzzle manufacturing as soon as once more on the WSJ. Occasionally we get a grid that’s missing Down clues after a sure quantity, so I believed one thing related was happening right now. I ended mid-solve to go examine the PDF from their web site simply to make certain, however all the pieces there was the identical as within the PUZ model, so I saved going hoping issues would make SENSE in the long run.
And they did. The meta revealer offered a pleasant AHA second and made the sooner struggles value it. Well executed!
I loved GRAB-AND-GO and LEAVE A TIP within the fill in addition to “GO AHEAD,” “IN HERE,” and OCTOPI. And there’s nary a bit of clunky fill within the grid. Quite clean throughout.
Clues of word:
- 1a. [Dope, datedly]. PHAT. I suppose I dated myself by going with INFO at first.
- 35a. [Group of subs]. B-TEAM. Nice. Was considering sea-going vessels and sandwiches the entire manner.
- 51a. [“What’s stopping you?”]. “GO AHEAD.” I’d desire it if a press release reply obtained a press release clue. I suppose the query is rhetorical, however nonetheless.
- 61a. [Appropriate]. ANNEX. I’ve a tough time studying that clue as a verb with none context.
- 10d. [Zoological plural frowned on by sticklers]. OCTOPI. Per this web site, the phrase originated from the Greek októpus which implies the right plural actually needs to be octopodes.
Nice puzzle that made you’re employed for that AHA second. Four stars.
David Steinberg’s New York Times crossword — Zachary David Levy’s write-up
Difficulty: Easy (8m47s)
Today’s theme: ROUNDABOUT ROUTEs
You can take your CAR to at least one of three “exits” in every roundabout, to yield the next:
Very attention-grabbing puzzle, significantly the way in which perspective makes a few of these solutions appear to be gibberish at first (i.e., 26A as RAC, as a result of the CAR is driving from east to west). But as soon as it clicks, the course the theme entries take is kind of intuitive. The fill was in any other case clear and the puzzle didn’t take too lengthy to get via. On a private word, the breeziness of the puzzle stands in stark distinction to among the extra mind-bending roundabouts I’ve needed to traverse — there’s a very lawless visitors circle in Tangier that also haunts my desires.
Cracking: SANTA HAT — it’s the explanation for the season!
Slacking: I WAS HAD — actually need this to be both I’VE BEEN HAD or I WAS DUPED, although Google tells me that I WAS HAD is the extra idiomatic flip. Whatever you say!
Sidetracking: NOIR — I’ll take any alternative to be reminded of Edward G. Robinson’s monologue on actuarial tables from Double Indemnity: