This started out fun but got to be a lot. In the bad way. For a while I was stuck at 49 words for 177 points, and I was struggling to get the pangram. I realize that there may be more than one pangram overall, but my goal is to get to genius with a pangram, which is something I’ve done since I started posting the Spelling Bee here. Finally I got the/a pangram. And it was so dumb! Nobody uses that word! Now I’m stuck at 51 words for 190 points. I have to get to 216 points.
I say that and feel like I’m Josh Lyman and wheezing, “I have to get to Nashua!” I’m not going to waste my entire day trying to get those 26 points, and he definitely did not have to go to Nashua.
Here’s something glaringly sloppy in this crossword: 42D H2O, south of the border: AGUA 47D Light blue shades: AQUAS
But 53D “Huh, funny running into you!”: OHHI was funny because I’m a big fan of the film The Room.
The theme clues of this puzzle are related to 57A The terrible twos, e.g. (one hopes!) … or the start of 17-, 22-, 36- or 45-Across? JUSTAPHASE 17A Where to go for a fill-up: (GAS)STATION 22A Firm place to plant your feet: (SOLID)GROUND 36A Viewing options popularized in the 1990s: (PLASMA)SCREENTVS 45A Cash or stocks, e.g.: (LIQUID)ASSETS
The Sunday puzzle continues to be my least-favorite of the week. It’s huge. I’d rather go to Dodger Stadium to catch a game or go to the bar to catch a game or get together with friends, but since those things don’t exist anymore, it’s the Sunday puzzle.
This one’s theme at least got me to chuckle. The shared G.
23A Nobody but the guy gettin’ married on his feet? (STANDINGROOMONLY) 38A Winter item you’ll be wearin’ for years? (EVERLASTINGLOVE) 58A Danger when walkin’ in a silo? (FALLINGRAIN) 87A Sayin’ “Look, here’s the thing about dry land…”? (QUALIFYINGROUND)
Of those, 87A is my favorite. I’m just imagining situations where that could come about in conversation. Summertime in the San Fernando Valley? California drought? Sinkholes?
23A is the one I like least. As many of you know, I’ve been engaged for almost six months. I wasn’t looking for a prolonged engagement, and COVID persisting is really putting a damper on wedding plans. Really, super annoying. So all these wedding-themed crossword clues make me react like McKayla Maroney.
As always, looking forward again to the Monday puzzle!
There’s no WSJ Friday puzzle, so here’s a special puzzle from NYT from March of this year.
Overall easy, which seems always to be the case for the special puzzles. I don’t mind that. I finished this one in 6:49. And, like the other special puzzles, it taught me something.
14A Music genre from the Caribbean: SOCA
So what even is soca? I’d never heard of it. It’s Soul of Calypso from Trinidad. Its creator, Ras Shorty I, formerly Lord Shorty, born Garfield Blackman, died 20 years and a little more than two weeks ago. He had 14 kids. That’s a lot of kids!