Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Gary Cee


Today, I'll begin at the end, which, for us, was the terrible triple cross of the North. 20A: Brzezinski of MSNBC (we don't have cable), and 15A: Asia Trans ___ Range (? Sorry, Dad) crossing 5D: Tot's glassful. I guessed MIKe for the first one, which made solving 5D even harder than it already was. It wasn't until I took the E out again in desperation that I was finally able to see WAWA. Hmpf. Tricky.

OK, there was a theme (there almost always is), but I had to read Rex's blog to figure it out. It was baseball. Obviously, I guess, since Opening Day was this past weekend. Swing, Hit, Run, Slide, Score. Not bad, really.

Some clever clues, some funny stuff, some interesting stuff, but I'm not sure this one had enough. 44A: Key opening? (OSAY) was cute, and WAWA, I suppose, but there was a lot that was just blah. At least for me. But oh well, they can't all be winners, and there's always tomorrow.

- Horace


  1. 16:44
    I didn't get the theme either, but opening weekend in baseball isn't very important to me. Now that I look back at the puzzle I find that the theme was a good one. In addition to "Key opening?" I also enjoyed 68A "Double-decker checker" KING and 70A "Need a bath badly" REEK.

  2. 12:17; too easy for a Wednesday. And theme??? Yeah, yeah, I see the bland baseball terms, but, seriously, as far as themes go, this is about as flaccid as it gets. "Tot's glassful" was the only clever, cool clue in the whole lame puzzle. (That is a very good one, though.) TOPTENHIT was very weakly clued. I've seen SNOOKI two or three times in puzzles now, which, of course, is two or three times too much. If you're doing a baseball "theme," and you have a 13-letter space available, you ought to come up with something a lot stronger than CANNONBALLRUN. Bring on tomorrow!

  3. This is actually a great theme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . for a TV Guide puzzle.