Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019, Trent H. Evans


This one didn't put up much resistance. OFFICEWIFE and EVILGENIUS in the NW were colorful, and FLINCH (Draw back) and SCAMPER (Scurry) are words you don't see often in crosswords, so those were fun. EVERDEEN ("Hunger Games" protagonist Katniss ____) was a giveaway for me and, I'm sure, anyone who's read the books or seen the films, so that helped over in the NE.

Who knew?!
I enjoyed the question mark clue for AMULET (Bit of protective wear?) because I saw it as questioning the protective quality, not as being about wordplay. Heh.

I thought the clue for MACRON (French leader after Hollande) was oddly amusing. Would "American leader after Obama" ever be used? Probably not, but who knows what's going on over in EUROPE, right?...

In the SE, it looks like "totem poles" would have fit where ARROWHEADS (Old Native American carvings) belongs, but since I already had several downs (including MACRON), I was not fooled. And DOILOOKFAT (Question always best answered "no") got a chuckle at first, but then I wondered if that's part of the problem in America. Do we need to start being more honest about this? Speaking quite personally, someone once let me know that I was starting to fill in my t-shirts a little more than maybe I should be, and it led me to shed about 25 pounds, which was good for so many reasons.

Anywho... AEAEA (Island of myth in Homer's "Odyssey") is crazy, and I didn't know CECE (Gospel singer Winans), but was happy to be reminded of one of Colum's clan. :)

I guess overall I thought it was fine. Not particularly scintillating, but I'm not going to SCATHE it either.

- Horace


  1. 14:07
    My final entry was the "A" of MACRON, only because I thought that its cross needed a consonant. But then I thought that 1) I knew how to spell MACRON, and 2) the only consonant that would work is a "c" and that would make an odd French name, indeed. Like Horace says, not much resistance here. CLAM was amusingly clued, as was SHAVER (not generally used much any longer). I suppose the most confusing clue for me was 32A Levels (TRUES), where I was thinking more along the line of "tiers." Nice to see SUE in there, and with a surprising Johnny Cash clue as opposed to its usual legal meaning.

  2. 7:35
    SCATHE as an active verb is odd, but now I'm going to have to use it conversation on a daily basis. I love AEAEA - I just read Circe by Madeline Miller last year, and it was excellent, so the name is not completely unfamiliar to me, but I still hesitated to put it in without the crosses.

    Of course CECE is the only correct way to spell the name.