Today's review will try to strike a balance between positive and negative. Hopefully it will strike a chord with those in a position to strike a deal with us, so that we can then become famous and make it a habit to strike a pose whenever the paparazzi arrive. Everything is possible with this theme! :)
It amused me that, although "Oreo" was not in the grid, it did appear in the clue for CALORIE (One of about 53 in a typical Oreo cookie). But somehow the inclusion of both EENIE and EERIE, and REWRITE (Overhaul, as an article) and EDIT (Work on, as an essay) seemed inelegant. BAA and BEE, on the other hand, I'm fine with. Funny what rankles and what doesn't.
We never had a SLIPNSLIDE growing up, and I never really saw the appeal. MICROSLEEP, on the other hand, I've never heard of, but I think I do see the appeal there. :)
Does this whole review read like an EGOTRIP? Is that all blogging is? I like to think that when I'm not writing blog posts anymore, I'll put my hand to the plow - er, the pencil - and try to produce a crossword puzzle myself. You'd think I should be able to create a pretty good one, having seen and written about so many, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.