A cute theme today where cities replace words in familiar two-word phrases and are clued in a way that forces them to make sense. As in, "Ways to cross a river in Switzerland?" BERNBRIDGES, and "First showing at a film festival in France?" CANNESOPENER. Ha!
On the non-enhancement side, I would include the BABU/BABA pair. The first is, I grant, interesting trivia, and the second, while it may be tasty, has the slight off-taste of crosswordese. IMUS and TWOTERM have an unpleasant "politics" vibe, and the inclusion of four (!) additional cities - GENEVA, AGRA, CAEN, and SOCHI - seems a little unfortunate in a theme focused, as it is, on cities. Add to that a DAB of PHON, REV, GTE, ESE, and LYIN, and you've got a valid BEEF.
IMHO, however, the amusing theme wins out today. PRETTY solid debut puzzle, and I'll be looking forward to more from Mr. Mintz.
Sheesh, tough crowd. At least the puzzle overall gets a tepid thumbs up from Horace. I thought it a fine Wednesday with an inventive theme. Granted, it's odd that so many other cities were included in the regular fill, and I'll give Horace the SLEWS of threes and partials that he mentioned, and even the BABU/BABA inclusion, but I'd hate to BERNBRIDGES with the constructor; after all, I'm sure there's much GRAD-level puzzling to KUMQUAT from Dory Mintz's constructing SHOP, ELSE I'm in PRETTY serious ERROR. I'm a FANFIC.
LOL. Nice comment!Delete
Oooooh, Crow as in American Indians. I was stuck on "isn't Corvus a genus rather than a subfamily or tribe?" but none of the bird related line of thought was making any sense anyway.ReplyDelete