Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013, Michael Blake and Andrea Carla Michaels


Decent theme today, with different banking options. Seems ironic during this season of account-punishing present buying, but I'll let that pass.

Does it seem odd to anyone else that "57A: Street: Abbr." gives the answer AVE? I know they're synonymous, but it just seems weird. Other than that, though, I have very few complaints about the fill. OOOH (67A: Squeal of delight) seems a little cheap, but it does not offend me.

Fill I enjoyed included: AXIOMS (52D: Self-evident truths), KOKO (61D: Executioner in "The Mikado," and RIVERPHOENIX (53A: Young Indiana Jones portrayer). Poor guy.

Nothing fantastic, nothing egregious. Decent Monday.

- Horace


  1. 4:30. I agree, nothing too amazing here. KOKO was good to see in the NYT. I don't really have anything to add.

  2. 6:52
    I starred KOKO, too, and hated AVE. And didn't I just mention BAH (10D Cry before "humbug") a day or two ago? Enough. I, as a Math Major and X-in-puzzle lover, loved seeing AXIOMS. And as Huygens, I can't ignore BREASTS (51A Chicken pieces that aren't legs, thighs or wings), though the clue leaves much to be desired. Finally, how about 30D Puff from a joint (TOKE)? Is that allowed?!?!