Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2016, Zhouqin Burnikel


Two word phrases where the inverted phrase (with one homophonically replaced word) makes a new phrase? CANDO! ("dew can"?!) B+ for the 1A colloquialism.

There are four such pairs presented today: STARESDOWN and DOWNSTAIRS, which is very nice; PEACETIME and TIMEPIECE, not quite as good, just because that first word feels not used much (not a comment politically, mind you); PAPERPLANE and PLAINPAPER, pretty good; and REDSEA and SEERED, which was a nice bonus.

I was working through the puzzle pretty quickly when I noticed the repetition of the word "time" in the middle. I thought: "that's an odd duplication..." I didn't realize the theme until I reached the SW corner from the NW. It would have made things much quicker overall if I'd figured it out earlier. As it was, the SE corner zipped by when I put in the theme answer.

Now, SEENOTE, which I like a lot (reminds me of "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls), that is a duplication with SEERED. These things don't bother me so much, but it's slightly less elegant to have it there. I also suppose DOLAPS and SWIM are not cross referenced because it's a Monday puzzle.

The NE and SW corners suffer the most for the closeness of those theme answers. Despite that, there's little to complain about. EXP is SAD ("...nobody knows crosswords as much as I do; lame"), but otherwise pretty good. I laughed at 69A: Ones in suits? (ACES), both for the cute little clue, but also because my college friends used to joke about that word showing up in crossword puzzles. Guess that says something about the type of people I hang out with...

Nice Monday.

- Colum


  1. 6:10
    Decent theme, but lots of crosswordese in there. Since it's a Monday, that is acceptable, though. MOANA is timely, and I knew it right away although I've not yet seen the film. EXOTIC is nicely clued (48D Beautifully strange), as is FEELME (24D "Understand?," slangily).

  2. 4:04
    I live!

    I progressed in much the same way as you, Colum, figuring out the theme with PEACETIME/TIMEPIECE and then dropping in DOWNSTAIRS and finishing up quickly. I really enjoy the theme, and I like the two paper clues running vertically. Fun!

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