Friday, October 14, 2022

Friday, October 14, 2022, David Steinberg

Okay, I'll admit it. I have a juvenile streak. I think I'm still allowed, even at my advanced age. 

So, I HADABLAST with this themeless, highlighted by the excellent pair of clues and answers as follows:

33A: Pile of texts? (POOPEMOJI) - hah!

38A: Something that's cracked and gross (DIRTYJOKE).

So good! These are star examples of top-notch QMCs and non-QMCs. It took forever to get the final two letters of that last one, my last two of the grid. YAW I thought was probably right, but 36D: Half of an evening outfit, informally (PJTOP) was so hard! Because I was thinking of a formal wear outfit, not a super informal nighttime apparel.


Other fun colloquialisms include YOUREAJERK (that J gave me the first of the above answers) and AREWEDONE.

Certainly, the puzzle felt like it skewed young, with STUDYDATE and congressional squad member ILHANOMAR. And PROMNIGHT. And poop jokes.

Feels like we've been hit over the head recently with the fact that TUBAS is Latin for "trumpets." I really should have known that already from however many Requiems I've sung. 

Anyway, suffice it to say that I had fun. Mr. Steinberg, stay young.

- Colum


  1. I don't know why, but YOU'RE A JERK totally cracked me up. And the clues are wonderful. Bravo, David!

  2. This was indeed a fun Friday. Shouldn't be too hard for Mister Steinberg to stay young. He's still at least ten years away from his prime.