A stunt puzzle! What TH?? Each square with a circle in it could be filled with an H[eads] or a T[ails] based on COIN FLIPS without, so the revealer claims, affecting any of the clue/answer pairs. For example, the clue for 31A/D is "Breaking records, maybe" and the answer could be either HIP/HOP or TIP/TOP. I especially liked TINT/HINT for "Slight coloring" (6D). That one was paired with the more sedate STOCK or SHOCK value. The pair at 1A/1D deserves mention for the entertaining clue: "Something at the end of the hook?" FISH/FIST. HAHA! BASHES/BASTES at 56A is nice for its non-rhymingness. And HEATRAY/TEATRAY is notable for its change in word boundary. I liked the theme ALOT.
I don't think the rest of the fill was afflicted by the ILLS sometimes associated with a stunt puzzle. I liked KITED, ASTUTE, LAGGARD, SHEAF, STABILE, SLATE, KEVLAR, and SLIVERS.
The answer NYE for "Dec. 31" took me a minute because I went the easy route with crossword darling evE at first. 5D: "Place for a mogul" (SKISLOPE) is fun. And I thought 67A: "Falling down in a pillow fight" (EIDER) was ducky. :)
Overall, an excellent Htursday puzzle!
I think you mean TAHA, which is what I ended up with, and which is why I was less than ebullient about this theme. After reading your review, however, I have come to a new appreciation. The HIP/HOP, TIP/TOP answer is downright genius. And really, the H/T standing for heads and tails, and the circle standing for the shape of a coin, well... it's pretty darn good.
This one was fun. I especially liked how so many of the themers had two different ways of interpreting the clue for the two answers.ReplyDelete
Fast for me: 15:33, and that's including the time to go through the grid and flip all the coins to "H" since that's what the correct answer checker seemed to want.
Loved this puzzle. It's such a great theme, and the use of the circles to represent coins is great. I went with all Hs from the get go, because I couldn't see how the T worked in the T/HITLIST. "Tit list?" And how about "Teat ray?" Seemed juvenile. So when I went back after completing it and saw TITLIST and TEATRAY the way they were meant to be, I had a great "aha" feeling. Lovely.