What a pleasing and smooth puzzle. If I have any complaint, it's that it was too easy. I finished well under my average Sunday time, and I rarely had to hesitate even when filling in an answer.
The theme is nicely carried out: as the title suggests, each theme answer takes a right hand turn. But beyond that, if you take the portion that has turned and put it after "right on", you get an answer to the clue "exact". Thus, 25A: Threshold of major change (TIPPING[POINT]), and 26D: Exact ([RIGHTON]POINT).
Each theme answer is definitely a recognizable answer, with the possible exception of SNOOKER[CUE].
1A: Big gasbag? (BLIMP) got a smile from me, so I'll give it a B+. I didn't love UTAHN or RUMBAED. Likewise, there are some standard meh fill, like AST, KIVA (never heard of them), and a few partials. But minimal, really for such a big grid.
And who can complain when DCUP is present? Not to mention the triumphant return of DDAYS. I hope that doesn't herald the start of a new streak.
I think my favorite clue-answer pair was at 93A: Modern spelling? (WICCA). I did think for a moment of Tori Spelling, but there was no hidden capital, and she's not very much in the current news.13D: It's in the eye of the beholder (IRIS) was an amusingly specific clue. 17D: Equity valuation stat (PERATIO) was not familiar to me, but the crosses were fine.
Anyway, I don't have too much to say, but I enjoyed it fine.
P/E Ratio (PERATIO) is the "price to earnings ratio," often used to give a quick gauge of a stock's value (whether it's undervalued or overvalued), but be careful to look at other factors, too, before investing. I hated RUMBAED, too, but I'm getting accustomed to UTAHN. DCUP was awesome! As soon as I read the title of the puzzle I started looking out for the right-angle turns; I figured out the "right on" with the downs a little later. NANOBOT (29A Small body of medical research) is nicely clued. For me, this puzzle took about the normal time for a Sunday (~45 minutes). I was slow to get into it. BTW, I think that you're being a bit hard on BLIMP; I'd have given it at least a low A. Are we supposed to say COLORED?ReplyDelete