Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014, Sean Dobbin


An inoffensive Monday puzzle. I appreciate the "keep it simple" theme and the elegant, central revealer (CANDY (33D: Checkout counter staple … or, when read as three words, what 20-, 31-, 47-, and 55- Across have in common)) that connects two of the theme answers.

19A: Mechanical man (ROBOT) is a nice clue, and I like the echo of the Sunday puzzle in 3D: "Double, double, ____ and trouble" (TOIL). I also like how that clue is symmetrical with 58D: Shakespearean king (LEAR). Nice little detail, there. And one more little detail that I like is the clue for PIA. Mr. Dobbin could have just gone with a simple "____ Zadora," and anyone who has ever done a crossword would have gotten it immediately, but he adds a somewhat ridiculous detail, and instead gives "40D: Zadora of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." We still get it immediately, but it's more fun this way.

There's not a whole lot more to call out, but that includes both good and bad details. In short, it's a solid Monday offering.

- Horace


  1. I forgot to start the timer, but it went very quickly. I doubt I broke the 4 minute mark. It was fine. I like MARTYRED the best of the non-theme long answers.

  2. 7:15
    I loved MARTYRED also. Although Joan of Arc probably didn't look quite as nice, any mention of her makes me think of Leelee Sobieski, in a good way. Horace is right on the mark with his assessment of this puzzle. I actually own that Pia Zadora movie as a MST3K offering. I always like seeing anything math-related, so ARCS and DIAMETER were welcome. And who doesn't love DINO and SYD? I didn't star anything but I thought this a fine Monday puzzle.