My RABBITHOLE today was in the north west - again. What is it with me and that top left? Upon review, I note that three of the four trickiest clues, not to mention an unknown-to-me fact, were up in there. I had to REVISE my ideas about the meaning of both "Draw" and "outlet" at 17A where I had SiLt instead of the excellent SALE for quite some time. And how about "End of a flight, maybe" (ATTIC), "Draft holder" (STEIN), and the fabulous piece de resistance: "Not fancy at all" (LOATHE) which just about caused my PERSONALITY to DOTHESPLITS. Even as I entered an "L" in the blank square over OATHE - only because ELMS seemed a likely candidate for the name of a Newport, RI National Historic Landmark - I was in doubt. Then suddenly, light dawned over marble head, as my mom used to say, and I had an OHOH moment.
And, speaking of slow on the uptake, I was duped again by the old self-referential trick in "Cannes duo" (ENS). When will I learn?
Fortunately, there were a few things that I was SHO of, and that resulted in a pretty good time for a Saturday puzzle - for me. With so many solves under my belt, NEMEANLION is now a gimme. CHLORINEGAS came to me pretty quickly (not literally, fortunately), thanks to a recent viewing of the Peter Jackson film, "They Shall Not Grow Old" - along with a concurrent deep immersion into transcription of archived documents from WWI as a side project. Like I need more projects.
Other content I enjoyed included "Bore" (STOOD), "Wallop" (SOCK), "Food processor" (ENZYME), and "Fitting toy for a child?" (LEGO) - APT!
|Wide-field view of the Summer Triangle and Milky Way|