Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019, Trenton Charlson


This is a great puzzle. I started it this morning, before leaving (*sniff) the villa in Tuscany, but I could not finish it before we had to go. Then we drove both under and over the Apennines to end up in the birthplace of Ovid, Sulmona. We had quite a time getting here, and I nearly forgot all about the puzzle and the review! Luckily, I remembered somehow, because I would hate to have missed a chance to talk about this one. So enough with the travel blog!

My favorite candy.
I hardly know where to start! How about 14A: One engaged in a hairy escape? (RAPUNZEL). That's going on the list! PRIEDIEU (Fixture in a church sanctuary) and JVSQUADS (H.S. teams mainly with freshmen and sophomore players) are also great, and the Downs are all strong, too. AZIMUTH!

IMPROVCLASS (Where people may make a scene) is excellent, TERENCE (Ancient Roman writer of comedies) is a favorite, PANCREAS (Where the islets of Langerhans are located) was excellently clued. (Colum, did you get that without crosses? Because I sure didn't!) PRICKLYPEAR, SPHINXES, TABLETOP, STEALTH, NOTQUITE... there are practically no STINKERS!

Mr. Charlson has been impressive from the beginning, and this is more of the same. Excellent work.

- Horace


  1. Love, love, love this puzzle! I own a PRIE-DIEU and plan to own some PIXY STIX soon!

  2. 8:10 (FWOE)
    I know that PIXYSTIX is spelled with a Y. So Y did I put in an I? IDK. In any case, such an excellent puzzle. So much scrabbly goodness, and fun entries. RAPUNZEL is a winner for sure. And yes, I knew the islets of Langerhans are in the PANCREAS, but I already had a couple of letters in place, so I can't say I got it without any crosses.

    So good.

  3. 46:41
    It took me a while to solve, but it filled in pretty steadily. This is definitely a great Saturday offering. I needed crosses for PANCREAS, but once I saw it, a faint bell rang in my head from high school bio. I never played JRPACMAN, so that crossing with PRIEDIEU and RAPUNZEL (excellent) slowed me down some up there.