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Kate Chin Park & Will Nediger’s Wall Street Journal crossword, “Coarse Catalog”—Jim P’s evaluation

Theme: ROUGH / AROUND THE / EDGES (31a, [With 38- and 49-Across, unrefined, and a hint to what can precede this puzzle’s border words]). Each of the ten phrases alongside the sting of the puzzle may be preceded by “rough” to make a stand-alone phrase. Those 10 phrases in clockwise order are: PATCH, COPY, SEAS, STUFF, WEATHER, RIDER, IDEA, SPOT, NECKS, PASSAGE.

Wall St Journal crossword answer · “Coarse Catalog” · Kate Chin Park & Will Nediger · Wed., 11.16.22

Nice. I’d not have anticipated you can discover 10 phrases to observe the phrase “rough,” not to mention make them match symmetrically, so I’m impressed. I loved the title as effectively.

“Edge” themes like this, normally have 12 phrases, however on this case two of the phrases are seven letters lengthy leading to a pair corners on the bigger facet. Throw within the three-part revealer and you’ve got a hard-to-fill grid with a variety of constraints.

But the fill isn’t so tough as that. We have good entries like PEA SOUP, NAUSEAM, and EURASIA. I didn’t know THE FLEA [Erotic poem by John Donne] however was intrigued to be taught how one can use an insect to attempt to persuade somebody to sleep with you. I did increase an eyebrow at AUSSI [Too, in Toulouse], however I believe that was it.

Clue of be aware: 14a. [Cold burst]. ACHOO. This feels prefer it wants a query mark.

Impressive grid, particularly given the quantity of theme materials. Four stars.



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