I'm still floating on cloud nine after last night's game. I mean, come on. That was the most amazing thing I've EVER seen in sports. And that includes the Red Sox coming back from down 3 games to none in 2004.
So, yeah. Crossword puzzles. Monday. Got it.
Cute theme today: HIDDENCAMERA is the revealer for three examples of phrases with brand names of cameras in them. In all three cases, the camera brands are well known, and each name is split across more than one word of the phrase. ICANONLYHOPE and PRISONYARD are both reasonable answers. I don't love SPUTNIKONE. I guess I never thought of there being so many (there are three officially called Sputnik, with a multitude of others that the West called Sputnik as well). So it's acceptable.
If there's a downside though, it's all those brandnames. We here at Horace and Frances (featuring me) don't love to see so much commercialism in the puzzle. But I can look past that. Especially when there's the unexpected minitheme in the down answers: ESCAPEROUTE and NEARESTEXIT. That was fun. Also BASMATI RICE is tasty.
On the other hand, there's EPICS, ERIKS, and ERINS. I hate pluralized proper nouns. And nobody likes CHOLERA, even if it's clued using Gabriel García Márquez. Plus MTWTF, which just looks like it's asking us "what the f...?"
|Here are some ERIKS for you!|
On the whole I liked it, despite some blemishes. Further, I see this is a debut puzzle for Mr. Hinz, so welcome and good job!