What a great week of crosswords. For the second day in a row I get to talk about poetry in my review! :) And it's not just a haiku, it's also a rebus, and as a BONUS, it's funny. Who could ask for more?
Mr. Wagner's poem starts out quite well with:
IFMY HAIKUWERE TOBE
So far so good. Five syllables, then seven ... then he starts the last line but runs out of syllables and room: ONESYLLABLETOO[LONG]. Heh. And running vertically through the last word we have the related "Extend the duration of" (PRO[LONG]ED). Hah! Very nice.
PIEHOLE (Big stupid mouth), SAYST (Speak, as thou might), and HAIRBALL (Kitty litter?) all HUMORME, APPARENT (Seeming) and OBSCENE (Like an over-the-top display of wealth) are interesting, THROBS (Beats) and ROILED (Shook up) seemed to go together, as did WHISKS (Removes quickly, with "away") and TEAROFF (Remove quickly, as a Band-Aid). And how 'bout the paired "Yesssss!" (SWEET) and "Nooooo!" (DAMN). That was a nice touch.
The NW was where I finished today, and it took quite a bit of wrangling for me to finally figure it out! I had entered SPurTS instead of SPOUTS (What Yellowstone's Old Faithful does about 17 times a day), and then tried to make snOrT work instead of FLOUT (Scoff at), but the crosses, of course, did not work well.
I very much enjoyed this one. It played tougher than normal for me, but that's just one more reason I enjoyed it. Great start to The Turn.