Elizabeth C. Gorski’s Cr♥ssw♥rd Nation puzzle (Week 591), “Square Space”—Ade’s take
Hello there, everybody! Hope you all are doing properly and staying secure and that you simply’re having fun with the cooler temperatures.
We have an around-the-world theme of a grid, during which the solutions that make up the borders of the grid are all phrases that may come earlier than the phrase home. Two different entries, BLOCK HOUSE, act because the reveal/instruction (43A: [With 36-Across, stronghold (and a hint to the puzzle theme)]).
- HALFWAY (1A: [How you might see someone])
- PORTER (8A: [Baggage handler])
- ROAD (13D: [Fork locale])
- GREEN (34D: [Eco-friendly])
- FIRE (61D: [Give the axe to])
- PANCAKE (69A: [Epitome of flatness])
- PUBLIC (68A: [Word with enemy or library])
- FLOP (53D: [Broadway disaster])
- COURT (26D: [Woo])
- HASH (1D: [Discuss, with “over”])
Highlight for me had been the chunky blocks of seven-letter entries in every nook of the grid, and I keep in mind my dad mentioning ONASSIS as soon as in evaluating his riches to my dad’s lack of cash, and I keep in mind not understanding who the heck he was (66A: [Aristotle born in 1906]). PERSONA additionally was enjoyable to see within the grid as properly (17A: [Literally narrator or character]). It’s getting nearer to winter time, and my lack of motivation in eager to run throughout the cooler months has me pondering I ought to spend money on getting a TRAINER to keep up no matter form that I obtained into throughout the summer season (67A: [Fitness guru]). Probably am going to stay being cussed in not ever spending cash on a health heart/gymnasium to remain in form. Really have to eliminate that psychological block quickly sufficient!
“Sports will make you smarter” second of the day: LEBARON (62A: [Old Chrysler model]) – One of the primary individuals who defied expectations regardless of his measurement within the National Football League, 5-foot-9 Eddie LeBaron performed quarterback for the Washington soccer staff and the Dallas Cowboys from 1952 to 1963, making the Pro Bowl 4 occasions. He was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1952 after serving within the Korean War, and ended his profession with 104 profession landing passes. LeBaron, identified for his scrambling skill, stays the shortest quarterback to ever to be chosen to the Pro Bowl.
Thank you a lot for the time, everyone! Have an exquisite and secure remainder of your day and, as at all times, hold fixing!
Matt Jones’s Jonesin’ Crossword, “Stateside” – Erin’s write-up
Hello, dears! This week’s Jonesin’ puzzle has a nationwide theme, so let’s break it down.
- 17a. [Carriers that only offer nonstop flights?] EXPRESS AIRLINES
- 32a. [The Three Stooges’ Roman ancestors?] PIE GLADIATORS
- 38a. [Hitchcock sequel set at Yale?] PSYCHO BULLDOG
- 53a. [The schmaltziest pop orchestra music you’ll ever hear?] BANDSTAND CHEESE
These all appear fairly randomly thrown collectively, till the revealer exhibits up with its aha second goodness:
- 59a. [Word that can precede each individual word in the four theme answers] AMERICAN
So the primary theme entry offers us American Express and American Airlines, and so forth. Not unhealthy! BANDSTAND CHEESE does nothing for me, however I did giggle on the considered a pie battle to the loss of life within the Colosseum.
- 15a. [Japanese fashion designer Issey (who passed away in August 2022)] MIYAKE. I’m unsure sum up his fashions, aside from tons and many pleats.
- 23d. [Veruca Salt song that you “can’t fight”] SEETHER. Ah, 90s various rock at its greatest…
- 47d. [Link’s “Good Mythical Morning” partner] RHETT. Link Neal and Rhett McLaughlin have co-hosted this YouTube selection present since 2012.
That’s it for now. Until subsequent week!
Peter Koetters’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s recap
Shorter opinions from me nowadays as a result of the factor that despatched me to again surgical procedure six months in the past has recurred, and the ergonomic positions for sitting at a pc damage. So … quick recaps.
Theme: 69a. [Any of 12 represented in this puzzle’s shaded squares], MONTH. The circled/shaded squares inside longer phrases include 3-letter abbrevs for months, from JAN by way of DEC.
Fave fill: LEVITICUS (hope our Jewish mates are having a convivial and filling Rosh Hashanah!), FEBREZE, SAILFISH.
Not so pleasant to Tuesday newbies: ORLY airport (oh actually?), CAEN, JAGR, UNA, ULEE’S / GOLD, OGEE (!), ENS because the plural of a letter title, spelled-out VEE. Other overseas vocab apart from UNA: APRES and MIO.
Three stars from me. Add up the phrases with the months + MONTH, and also you get about 70 theme squares. Hard to get clean fill in a 15×15 grid with that a lot theme.