Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018, Paolo Pasco


A clever theme that really grew on me. Ha! Today's revealer, EROSION, was applied to five answers, chipping away, first to the left, then to the right, at the letters of the second word. We start solidly with EMMASTONE at 18A, and by 61A we are left with just a STANDINGO. Very handily done.

There were some other gems in this pile of squares. SCAMSSCROD, SCORN, and SNORTS are fun. It's nice that TANLINE lies right next to SPEEDOS. And while I liked the clue and answer pairs Jiffy and TRICE (39D) and Swirled and EDDIED (38D), I think faithful readers have probably already guessed my favorite clue today: "Like the name 'Robin Banks' for a criminal" APT! Genius. :)

I am also a big fan of ERNIE, clued today as "'Sesame Street' character long rumored to be Bert's lover." I checked out the rumor on Snopes, which, of course, debunks it. More entertainingly, while on the site, I found that there's a new rumor running around that Norway is changing its name to Shithole to show solidarity with African countries recently dissed by he-who-shall-not-be-named. Also not true.

If I'm honest, there were a couple of answers that may have elicited a reaction along the lines of IMEANCOMEON: Since when are AFTS "Times past noon, informally"? And MUTER is a bit much for less talkative. There, I said it.



  1. 6:53
    I agree with Frannie on the well-done theme. I enjoyed the deep fried Mexican dishes, even though I really don't enjoy them. I needed a surprising number of crosses for SPECTRE, but not for METRICTON, QUARTERTONE or CLAPTON. Go SOX!

  2. 5:42
    Somehow I missed the incredible "Robin Banks" clue. I'm going to march right over to our favorite clues list and enter that!

    I liked the erosion theme quite a bit, and it's one that my dad (REL), the geologist, would also have enjoyed. Perhaps I'll print this puzzle out for him.

    Finally, I have two comments about SCROD. One, it's not a real fish. And Two, what fish isn't split before cooking? And really, if there ever were a fish that you might not split, it would probably be a young cod - if you were to wrap it and throw it on a fire or something. Hmph.