It's a lovely Tuesday when Ms. Burnikel is the NYT crossword constructor. I find her grids so smooth and fun, and with such a great theme as well.
Today, she treats the numbers 2 0 2 0 in five different ways, with different punctuation or spacing to make the differences clear. How often do you get a TIESCORE that is 20-20? Not too often in baseball, hockey, or soccer, that's for sure. Rarely in football, but probably fairly routinely in basketball.
I kept on looking for VISUALACUITY, but it didn't show up until 4/5 of the grid was filled. It's interesting that none of the other four examples are in fact a RATIO. The 20/20 of the eyetest is simply that twenty feet away looks like twenty feet away. Ted Williams of the Red Sox famously was said to have 20/10 vision: for him, twenty feet looked like only ten feet, which apparently gave him an advantage on judging the spin of the ball as it left the pitcher's hand.
As is typical for Ms. Burnikel, there are two very nice long down answers in ALLFIREDUP and WHATASHAME. I liked OHHI and MYMY so close to each other. DAWDLE is a wonderful word.
26D: Worst possible mark on a test (ZERO) is a cute clue.
So once again, IMGLAD I got to review this puzzle.