So now it's 2019, is it?
I hope everybody had a fun and safe New Year's Eve. We spent it with our good friends Horace and Frances, as we have done for the past five years (and other previous years when we lived in Boston). I have known these good people for nearly 25 years now. It is a piece of good fortune to meet kindred souls on our travels through this world. Good laughs, stupid jokes, a love of games, and the odd philosophizing. Good times!
In the meantime, today's puzzle, the first of the year, pretends to be merely PASSABLE, in that the first word in each of the theme answer phrases is something that can be "passed." I find this a very tight set of answers, with excellent strong phrases. 37A: Music staff notation (TIMESIGNATURE) is my favorite, both for the connection with music, and also for the surprising "passing the time."
Things I liked:
- AGHAST crossing TREMBLE
- 47D: Tolkien creature (HOBBIT) not being "ent" or "orc."
- PRONTO is a great word.
Things I liked less:
- Alternate spelled SAREE
- BEANER. This is not a term that anybody uses, that I've heard. "Beanball" works better.
- Sam ERVIN and Hammond INNES. Who?
Otherwise I found it just fine. Here's looking forward to many more good puzzles this year.