Today we have more evidence that the minds of crossword constructors are not like the minds of most people. Mr. Chen has found eight (eight!) entries whose letters are in reverse-alphabetical order. Or, as he puts it, they are BACKORDERED.
It's interesting to me that five of the eight (eight!) theme entries are made-up words. YUPPIE (new-ish acronym-type-thing), SPLIFF (West Indian, etymology uncertain, maybe made-up?), TROLLED (not exactly made up, but the verbing of troll seems recent), WOOKIEE (Lucas), and ROOMBA (some marketing genius). And the other three are all either two words or hyphenated - does this make them even more impressive? Let's say it does. Overall, IMAFAN of the theme, simply because it's so odd.
But I guess it's mostly theme. Theme and fill. There you go, there's your review. "Well, what witty insights do you have to offer us about this puzzle, Horace?" "Thanks [Interviewer], I'd just like to say that it's got both theme material and fill." "Incredible. How do you do it day after day, week after week?" "Well, [Interviewer], I guess I'd just have to say it's a natural talent. A gift, if you will..."
I'm sorry, where was I? I think I was in the middle of a SIESTA having a pleasant dream.
OK, I'll stop now. GOTTA get to a Zoom meeting. See you tomorrow! :)
This one flew right along for me as I threw words like STRAFE, BLEEP, WOOKIEE, SATRIANI and SPLIFF right in from the clues. I was off and running with ALDA, a common crossword answer. Very impressive finding eight theme answers that follow the rule, even if some are made up. I mean, aren't all words made up? But I know what you mean.
What an odd theme, as has been noted by our esteemed reviewer. I too have often imagined that interview, Horace, and how it might go. No, to be honest, I never have, but it made me laugh, and that's worth the price of admission. Which, as it turns out, is exactly zero dollars.