When I saw the bylines, I was excited and, I admit it, a little afraid. Mr. Agard won the A.C.P.T. a couple years ago, and Mr. Pahk has been on the podium more often than not over the past several years. And the result was pretty much just what I expected - a good, tricky puzzle.
|Still a little odd to see him without that thing over his eyes.|
And what do we think of "Baby buggy?" (LARVAL)? I would have preferred to see just "larva," as it seems to me like the clue calls for a noun (baby) instead of an adjective, but perhaps I'm just not reading it right. And I also don't really understand "Spot starter?" for TEAKETTLE. Is it because the whistle of the kettle might startle Spot, the dog? Or because if you want a "spot of tea" you need to put the kettle on? ... I'm not quite sure...
I liked the "quote" clues, including "Wow," (IMPRESSIVE), "That was uncalled for" (LOWBLOW), "You got that right!" (SUREDO). And "Poking vigorously" (JABBING), happily reminds me of Colum's younger daughter, who, at the age of about five, went around poking people and called it "Festival poking," or something like that. But when I tried to join in and give her a jab, she quickly announced "Festival poking is over!"
My error came at RIPER (Tenderer, maybe), where I had guessed "RarER" and never looked back. TRINIS (Some Caribbean islanders) didn't mean anything to me, although TRaNIS probably should have thrown up some red flags, and I guess I just didn't look closely at STErINS. ERGS!
Overall, though, this was a fun one.