Hello, Dear Reader, it's Horace, filling in for Frannie for a day. And what a day to be filling in, as the TWENTYFIVE-THOUSANDTH New York Times Crossword puzzle is celebrated!
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It was, for the most part, a WINSOME grid. Nice flow, chunky corners, and some spirited clueing. To wit: HOTTUB (37A: Warm place to chill), CAST (44A: Put in play?), and PITABREAD (51A: Pocket of the Mideast). Cute. The trickiest for me today was probably 55A: Back now after going out? (RELIT). I guess they mean like a candle, but "back now" is pretty oblique. It also took me rather longer than it should have to get OVERICE (38D: Not neat), and ECOMMERCE (56A: Net sales) was tricky too!
I have never heard the mnemonic for the CONTINENTS before, but honestly, I think it would be harder to remember that than it would be to remember the continents themselves. I mean, there are only seven of them. It's not complicated.
We get a little Latin (SUBVOCE), a colloquialism (YEESH), some delicious OLIVEOIL, and a lot more. To me, this was a fitting tribute - a very clean grid with lots of fun stuff to discuss. Let's hope it's not the ENDOFANERA! Keep 'em coming, Misters Shortz & Fagliano!