Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Joe DiPietro

Well, ok, I liked this one. I noticed the odd grid right away, but I don't think I realized that it was a face until I was finished, and then everything made perfect sense.


With a big theme like this - and by big I guess I mean that the entire grid is given over to the black square artwork - I don't expect a lot of showy fill, but it's really not bad at all. MAMABEAR (One whose porridge was too cold for Goldilocks) brought a smile, POTATOSKIN ("Stuffed" food item at a pub) and CRIMENOVEL (1981's "Gorky Park" or 2012's "Gone Girl") were both solid, and DATALOSS (Result of a damaged hard drive), while sad, is a reminder that we should all be backing up our data! With a RAID, for example, a damaged drive might only mean that it's time to buy a new drive.

The SE got a little OUTRE, with LBO, ORIEL, and KRONE, but while they are all a bit specialized, there's nothing that IRKED me, and it did end with the second half of the amusing ASSEEN ONTV.

Thumbs up!

- Horace


  1. Hmm. Funny shaped face, I must say. Looks more like a robot, or a Space Invader. Certainly its expressionlessness lends itself to the theme clues. It's been a long time since I last played Monopoly, and consequently I had VENTNOR AVE in there for quite a while - cost some valuable cycles to undo that one. 4:56

  2. I liked it, too. The face, for some reason, cracked me up. I wonder why POTATO SKIN had quotes around "stuffed" in its clue...I thought there must have been something tricky going on, but no. I mean, the POTATO SKIN is actually stuffed, right? (Philbo, I had VENTNOR in there for awhile, too.)