Well, the puzzle and I were ATODDS today. I had severe problems in the south west, partly because I am not familiar with CARDIB or BALINESE cats and I couldn’t think of CARLOPONTI’s first name, and partly because I confidently entered PARdon for “Can opener?” instead of PAROLE which blocked the correct answers of the few I might have gotten in that corner. It seemed the MOAI tried, the LESS I succeeded. OHME. Being pressed for time didn’t help. I had to finish the puzzle and write the review before we arrived in Stamford, so I decided to give up and get the answers from Horace so I could get going on the review. Not a great start to the ACPT weekend for this solver. I like to think that in a different MULTIVERSE, I solved this one in record time. J
Some fun clues that I did get were:
“Sound from a pen” (OINK)
“Place for a medallion” (TAXI)
“Ex amount” (ALIMONY) – ha!
I also liked the triple I in WIIITIS, and I think the word BRAINED is amusing. And ONESOCK? We’ve all been there.
Considering the number of entries I had no knowledge of (President THIEU, Brian SIPE, Auctor ESSE, Santa INES, and SKALDS), I was glad I was able to complete as much of this puzzle as I did. So, kind a frustrating Friday, but I’m not one who STAYSMAD. On to the tournament!