Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Dan Feyer


We loved the theme. I'm not sure what to call it, but the letters "GE" are added to several answers, making funny answers. CHARLIECHANGE (20A: Swawpping out Sheen for Rose?), for example, and Frannie's favorite, ORIGINALSINGE (54A: Caveman's injury after discovering fire?).

The rest of the fill was not exactly what I would call "sparkling," but it was decent. I didn't particularly love ORACULAR (3D: Providing hints of the future), and there was the usual smattering of EZRA, ABA, and STYE. Also, I think YUL might be becoming the new "EEL."

There was a nice nod to RICHIE (4D: Havens who sang at Woodstock), who passed away recently. I also liked the nod to PLINY, who passed away some time ago. I would have preferred "Pliny the Elder," but you can't have everything.

I also liked BREWSKI (18D: Cold one), ZURICH (45D: City NE of Geneva), and, for a reason I can't quite pinpoint, BRUISE (22A: Fall result, maybe).

Overall, satisfying and funny.

- Horace

p.s. The "Crossword Fiend" linked to constructor Dan Feyer's own post which discusses this puzzle. I found it interesting.


  1. 16:37
    Yes...ORACULAR not the best. I like the Zs (AZTEC/ZURICH, EZRA/ZOOT) and the theme. I enjoyed SPACEBARGE (the first one I got, though I didn't know the theme at the time), and the reference to "Breaking Bad" (an excellent series, if you like that sort of thing) with BREAKINGBADGE.

  2. 9:53. Yes, that's just what I thought: great theme, especially for a Tuesday. What, no shout-out for the inclusion of LISA?? There was indeed a fair amount of crosswordese in this one. And how weak is the clue "Pepper's partner" for SALT? Still, the theme and BREWSKI made it enjoyable.