Friday, July 31, 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020, Claire Rimkus and Erik Agard

0:12:44 (F.W.O.E.)

I spelled ELASTIGIRL (Superhero in "The Incredibles") wrong, and since I didn't know the difference between MICROBLADING and MaCROBLADING, I didn't find the error until I was forced to. Honestly, I didn't even know there was a call for an "Eyebrow-filling technique," but if there is, I'm glad someone else is taking care of it.


I enjoyed the conversational cluing of DONTCARE ("Whatever") and AMENTOTHAT ("Preach!"). "Stage for a big star?" was a clever one for REDGIANT, HISANDHIS (Like some monogrammed towels) was nicely au courant, and "Some like it hot" was an amusingly misleading clue for CIDER. The raciness continued with "Lead-in to amorous" (POLY), and what about "Groin pulls?" for LUSTS? That's outstanding.

My favorite of the side-by-side tens was PLANETARIA (Meteor showers?) and GASTRONOMY (Food-filled field). Tricky, both.

I didn't quite get "In one ear?" for HEARD, "Crush something?" seemed trying a bit too hard for ORANGESODA, and "Like 50 U.S. senators" (HALF) was a groaner. Any counter arguments? On the other hand, the MALTA clue (Country whose name is believed to come from ancient Greek for "honey-sweet") was solid trivia.

Overall, thumbs up.

- Horace


  1. Agree on the clue for HALF. [In one ear?] may refer to the expression, "In one ear and out the other" where the inference is the first half of the saying means HEARD.

    Kelly <--had to look up MICROBLADING...and found it CRINGE-WORTHY :-)

  2. 22:22 (FWOE)
    I had the same error as Horace for the same reason. LUSTS (shocking!) saved me from having four errors with the crosses LION and HISANDHIS (I originally thought zION and HISANDHer). Anyway, I liked my time and it was overall a good, solid solve. I will not look up MICROBLADING, taking Kelly's word that it's CRINGEWORTHY. I love that PLANETARIA crosses REDGIANT, which one is much more likely to see represented in such a show rather than meteors. And hopefully China will stop giving PANDAs as gifts.