Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Jeffrey Wechsler


This played very easy for a Wednesday. I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with the density of theme in this 15 x 15 puzzle. There are 7 theme answers, with one 8-letter, two 9-letter, and four 10-letter answers. I had the theme filled in quickly, which helped my time a lot.

The theme is fun as well, in that it's the hundredth anniversary month of ORSONWELLES birth. His name was the first theme that I entered fully, only because I figured out THETHIRDMAN but before putting in the last two letters, I went to 61A. Weird the way the crosswording mind works. The only theme answer after that that I needed crosses for was TOUCHOFEVIL, and only because I needed some reference to figure out which movie was being referred to.

Pleasantly, though, the rest of the puzzle has some really nice parts to it. The NW and SE corners have outstanding down answers. KITTENISH is great, and OPALESCE is unusual, to say the least. I'm sure 37D: What the original Kama Sutra lacked, surprisingly (EROTICART) acted as a MOTIVATOR for our good friend Huygens.

It's true that the theme density requires a larger than usual number of 3-letter answers, especially across the middle section, where the three theme answers are adjacent, but none of them were terrible (maybe RRS), and I'm fine with them. ASTI two days running? Looks like I picked the wrong city to display yesterday.

I liked the clue for 10D: They're often seen nesting in the kitchen (PANS). Other than that, 47D: Bryophytic growths (MOSSES) gets the award for most overly erudite synonym usage.

I liked it.

- Colum


  1. 16:00
    I, too, enjoyed the theme as a long-time fan of the great ORSONWELLES, but I did not enjoy KITTENISH. I, indeed, thought that it was nice that MOTIVATOR, EROTICART and even the excellent OPALESCE were side-by-side. HARPY is an old favorite of mine, bringing to mind a lovely scene in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," and, after a brief search I see that it was also featured in an episode of "The Simpsons," which Horace probably knew. Nice to see some ASS in the grid, too. Thumbs up.

  2. 8:39

    This was one time when the theme did help me. Lots of long ones filled in with relative ease makes for kind of a breezy solve. Especially when there's so damn much theme!

    Not much more to add. I have some vague memory of Bart using the "Here's your crown your highness" line, but I cannot recall it exactly. I'll have to do some research when I have more free time. (My flight is now boarding.) Over and out.