Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017, Peter Gordon

0:08:19 (F.W.T.E.)

I entered fAdES for "45A: Loses color," and it took me quite some time after finishing to figure out what had gone wrong.

Kind of a silly Monday theme today with "ooh, ooh," sounding words. I don't know LULULEMON, I've never had a PUPUPLATTER, and in 2010 I was mildly amused/mildly annoyed by the whole VUVUZELAS thing. Everybody loves BOOBOOBEAR, though, right? And my first thought for 49A: Amorous look" was "googly eyes" instead of GOOGOOEYES. Sooo... yay?

1A: Dict. entries (WDS) - F.
Favorite: APBIO (9A: H.S. class for a future doctor, maybe) - I don't remember seeing this before in a puzzle.
Least: 55A: Court jesters, e.g. (AMUSERS).

PINOCHLE (35D: Game played with a 48-card deck) next to ROOSTER (39D: One sounding a "cock-a-doodle-doo") (all those oohs!) next to URANIUM (18D: Radioactive element) (more Us!) is nice. In fact, many of the down entries are pretty good. DRUNKS, SALARY, OURLADY, LOLITA, PLANB, LIELOW...

There's some glue - ORO, BABA, OKS, REA, ETDS, but overall, it's not too bad.

Let's give it a generous thumbs up and move on.

- Horace


  1. 8:41
    I, too, entered fAdES where PALES belongs, but realized that the down had to be LIELOW, so that fixed that up. And I, too, was surprised by APBIO, which I've never seen. SNARLER is not great, and I wholeheartedly agree with the F for WDS, which is a terrible way to start the week. Odd theme, but at least HADES makes an appearance after Holy Week, so that's a plus. Favorite: DWEEB.

  2. 5:40
    Yes, thumbs up for a Monday puzzle with just enough flair to keep things interesting.

  3. Lots of good stuff, HADES, DUAL, PITA. And it is a good thing I've gotten to know Ms. OTERI as she seems to be showing up a lot these days. Spent some time wondering if I could come up with names of smurfs for 52D but as is often the case, it was easier than I thought: SMURF itself. Had diaL before CALL but once I realized that computer clues are usually twenty years out of date and therefore it must be CDROM, then CALL fell into place.

  4. 4:15 (FWOE) - Had SASSEs and didn't check the cross. I also tried diaL for CALL, which slowed me down in the N. I'm all for this puzzle. I liked that two of the ooh-ooh entries used _OO_OO and three used _U_U. Didn't like BUDGETER, a word that no one has used ever.