Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Adam Nicolle


Kind of a cool theme today, where appropriate verbs are found within long entries, proving, once again, that "There are more things in heaven and earth, HORATIO / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Who comes up with this stuff? Oh, right, crossword constructors! And for Mr. Nicolle, this is a debut! I look forward to seeing more of his ideas.

It seems like it would be fun to search for more of these - perhaps when I'm not writing a review...

They're all pretty good. "Ran" ERRANDS looks so tidy there in the center, with its verb exactly in the middle, and "Drove" a LANDROVER is a pretty excellent find. Maybe PENNYDREADFULS are a bit obscure, but it might be fun for fans of the Netflix series to know where the term originated.

As is frequently the case, the long downs contain some of the more interesting entries. I particularly enjoyed EYELEVEL (Five to six feet high, roughly) and STUPORS (Dazed states) down in the SE corner. And the clues for BED (Something most people lie about?), EDEN (Apple's first location?), and RULES (Sped-up part of a contest commercial) were amusing. EMERALDS (May birthstones) is sparkly, and RECIPES (File box filler) reminds me that I've got a file box filled with my grandmother's Finnish recipes that I've got to make time to look through! So much to do! So many things to learn!

Still, it's nice to get a new puzzle every day, and taking a little time for that is also important, right? Anyway, I think so. I hope you do too.

- Horace


  1. 11:33
    I totally agree with this - what wonderful entries! Who would have ever thought of this! Great job, Adam Nicole! It took me about 1/3 of the way through to really get it, but it's lovely!

  2. Great fun, and a terrific debut!

  3. 4:32
    My first non error puzzle of the week, thank you very much. We all have to find a little something to be proud of. Excellent puzzle today.

  4. 7:58
    Pretty fast for a Wednesday. The trick came easy since the verbs were all in circles, at least on the Across Lite version. PENNYDREADFULS is known to me, so that came with just a couple of crosses. KEGs are also well-known around the YBH, but not the gunpowder variety. However, a fan of oaters, that came easily. FOUR stars for this one.