Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019, Bruce Haight


Happy Memorial Day!

Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
  There's none of these so lonely and poor of old,
  But dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold.

On a less world-shaking level, but still important to those of us who partake daily in this specific pastime, today's puzzle presents MULTIPLECHOICE answers, as interpreted by phrases where the two-letter string OR is repeated three times. It's a lovely conceit, and the four phrases chosen are strong. My favorite and most timely is TORONTORAPTORS, who just made it to the NBA finals for the first time ever. It's not so much that I support that team (being a Celtics fan), but that I really don't want the Warriors to win yet again.

As is typical of a puzzle by Mr. Haight, the rest of the grid is very smooth. It being a Monday, there's not much in the way of very clever cluing, although I enjoyed 42A: Cause one's bedmate to use earplugs, say (SNORE).

Other words of interest include PROST, OOMPH, and SPATTER. That last one reminds me of bacon, and so is a BEAUT.

Overall, this is a fine Monday, and that always makes me look forward to the rest of the week, so thanks, Mr. Haight!

- Colum


  1. "Opposite of 'neath" is a clever clue (it presumably has been done before, but not enough to be in "oh that one again" territory)

  2. 4:02

    Yet another "How did he think of that" kind of theme. I like it.
    I also like "Humdinger" as a clue for BEAUT.

  3. 4:58
    Just barely squeaked by in the 4s, which is excellent for me. A fine Monday, but I have to say that one of the best things about Monday puzzles is that they're available at 6:00 PM on Sundays, so that's when I do them. I don't know this NEYO person that sang the #1 hit "So Sick," but the crosses were no problem.