An excellent start to the week today with a clever and amusing puzzle by Emily Carroll. The sounds of chicks, turkeys, ducks, and geese at the start of each theme answer are explained by the central grid-spanner USEFOWLLANGUAGE. Hah! Very nice.
In the premiere Down slots we have the warmly old-SCHOOL sounding CELLOPHANE, and ICESKATERS, which, until yesterday, would have still seemed appropriate in New England, where we just had one of the coldest Aprils in decades! Yesterday got into the seventies, however, and this morning it's already sixty-something, so maybe we really are coming out of it now.
One thing we're still not out of, however, is this whole pandemic thing. Anybody else get a little pang from the clue "Not do takeout at a restaurant" (EATIN)? Yeah... I'll be happy to do that again someday....
ITSOK, though, because we have lots of TOP fill to distract us. Some that I enjoyed were QUASH (Suppress), CONK (Bop on the head), ARGYLE (Popular pattern for socks and sweaters), LANCE (Knight stick?) (Funny how it's right on top of EPEES), TWIRLS (Spins, as a baton), JESTS (Kids around), and CAPERS (Pickled green garnishes). Mmmmm.... CAPERS....
It certainly wasn't INERT, as some early-week puzzles tend to be. And now my hopes are high for an excellent week! I hope you're all still happy and healthy, and still enjoying our daily ritual. Thanks for reading.