Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014, Kevin Christian and Andrea Carla Michaels


Meh. This one felt kind of drab. Lots of small junk - TOR, ORA, ONA, CLE - and a lot of partials and ludicrously easy fill-in-the-blanks. The vowel-sound progression is nice enough, but not terribly exciting. There's boring old fill like DIODE (29A: Certain vacuum tube), TIARA (55A: Small crown), and EVERS (46A: Tinker to ____ to Chance (classic double play)). The last time that was said at a live game was in 1912. Heck, even the SAYHEYKID (17A: Nickname for Willie Mays), who retired forty years ago, seems like recent trivia compared to that! And then there's SEGO (25D: Lily with bell-shaped flowers) - is that Monday material?

There are some nice long downs, though, which is often the case lately. WHEREAMI (4D: Dazed inquiry), GETOVERIT (10D: "You have to move on"), and TIMEFLIES (32D: What happens when you're having fun?) are all quite nice. And let's see… MAGI (33A: O. Henry's "The Gift of the ____") will be timely in just under a month, so that's nice.

Oh, I don't know… it wasn't terrible, but I just wasn't feeling it today.

- Horace


  1. 4:31. It was a fine Monday. I like the vowel progression, in that the first word is S[vowel name] precisely. I liked WHEREAMI and GETOVERIT. I thought you'd like disc (or at least it's clue). Did not like HEY crossing HAYS. Maybe nothing earthshattering, but good enough for a Monday. Did not even see SEGO.

  2. 7:31
    Well, we all took --:31 to do today's puzzle! I didn't know the classic EVERS thing. Nice that both the O. Henry quote is in there and HENRI (67A Artist Matisse). I also like the SIOUXCITY/NONTOXIC cross, mostly because of the "X," but also because SIOUXCITY took a few crosses for me. And what about SCIFICONVENTION? And TIT? And RAND, referencing a tome that I just finished reading last week? Puzzle-wise, maybe it wasn't the best, but I enjoyed all of the nice references.