I'm torn about this puzzle. I loved the start, with the cleverly-clued MARTINI (13A: Bond order), the contemporary ADULTING (16A: Taking care of responsibilities like an actual grown-up), and the very strong, crossing, stair-stepped triple-elevens.
|Try slipping that into your pocket!|
Then there's quality fill like TACONIC (20A: New York's ____ State Parkway), YOSEMITE (52A: Half Dome's home), SPLASHY (26D: Ostentatious) and TRASHY (56A: Lowbrow). We should come up with a word for those kind of entries in a puzzle. "Fill" seems too limited to describe such good, fun stuff. Anybody got any ideas?
So there's lots to like - why am I torn? Well, maybe it's just because I don't know every word there is to know. I got stuck in the southwest-al area, where I was not familiar with a handful of entries. ZOROASTRIAN (not exactly SW) is only on the fringes of my sphere of knowledge, and I misspelled it ZaROASTRIAN, leading to my third consecutive FWOE! I should maybe have known better because of SUBORNS (24D: Induces to commit a crime), but I guess I'm just too much of a goody-two shoes to be familiar with that one. :)
So that's two things, and then there's INCEPT (36D: Receive as a member) crossing ESPIAL (50A: Act of noticing). Yecch. ESPIAL is, I guess, inferable, but INCEPT is pretty far out there. ...
Still, I've said before in this blog that anything is fair game on Saturday, and I stand by that. So with that attitude, I will be happy for all the good I got today, and although I had some personal difficulties, it doesn't mean the whole thing was bad. Does it?