Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013, Ian Livengood and Brad Wilber


The theme of this themeless puzzle was definitely "X," and accordingly, that's how we solved it. Frannie started it off and filled in a solid swath from NW to SE, and then handed it over to me to complete the NE to SW arm. Some lovely fill in this one. SASHAY (51A: Walk ostentatiously), STANCH (30D: Stop), and LARYNX (9D: Pitch producer), to name just a few. For those, and all the "fancy letters," we'll swallow a fair amount of RESNAP (41D: Close again, as a change purse), and ASHIER (19A: Not so apple-cheeked).

Loved the tricky clue for OSOLEMIO (33D: Common number of gondoliers), and Frannie loved the simplicity and straightforwardness of HAT (7D: Monopoly token). We both liked the mention of Earl Scruggs and his BANJO. And speaking of proper names, Frannie just plopped down WINFREY for 36A: O, more formally, thinking that it would be nice if it were true, but thinking it probably wouldn't be. Similarly, I put in ESCALATORS (17A: They may lead to another story) with a single cross. It seemed we were both in the groove.

Neither of us knew the term HORSEOPERA (59A: Many a John Wayne pic), and EXITLINE (13D: Rhett Butler's "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," e.g.) seemed a little strained, but over all, this was a fun and interesting puzzle.

- Horace


  1. DNF
    I put LASTLINE in instead of EXITLINE and that led to many problems in the NE, and I wasn't able to get OSOLEMIO either, so the SW wasn't finished either. It took awhile to get PLAINJANES, but I got WINFREY and HORSEOPERA immediately. I noticed all of the Xs, but didn't get that that was a theme. Maybe that would have helped with EXITLINE, but who knows?

  2. Well, I don't think it was a real theme, but there sure were a lot of them!