Horace and Frannie discuss the NYTXP for realz this time:
HF: So, do you want to write up today’s puzzle?
FP: Well, if it would help you out....
HF: It was pretty nice, I thought.
FP: I liked it, although, as I said, Rex was all fussy pants about it. [can we keep this in, or not?]
HF: The “broken” days were evenly spaced throughout.
FP: I was under 10 minutes until I had to try to find my error.
HF: He’s always fussy. I agree that it was harder than a usual Monday.
HF: I took 7:29. MOMBASA? Not Monday.
FP: That seemed okay to me because the downs were gettable.
HF: Well, yes.
FP: Maybe I don't have enough Monday puzzle experience. I got stuck on the Tyler Perry clue. L Maybe it's a Monday-level topic, but I do not know much about Mr. Perry.
HF: Yeah, I didn’t know that one at all. MADEA. What the??
FP: I had MAlEA in there, which looked equally fine to me. I put in DIETcOlA instead of DIETSODA for 63A and was so sure it was correct, I didn't think to confirm it with the downs.
HF: MWAH was a little surprising.
FP: We've seen that before.
HF: And EDDA.
FP: EDDA is old hat, so to speak. :)
HF: I mean, sure, we’ve heard of it, but it’s not Monday, to me, anyway.
HF: Still, there was a lot of good stuff in here.
FP: Maybe you should write up the puzzle then.
HF: I could.