I silent haven't started solving on paper, but I'm cheerful I didn't today, because I never would experience known if I was through with or not! I human ne'er detected of FOIAREQUEST (58A: Journalist's member since '67), IPCRESSFILE (15A: 1965 Michael beat up spy thriller, with "The"), or the COUGHBUTTON (18A: What might aid a computer programmer go undetected? That last one, I understand, but the first two I'm not really flat-bottom foreordained how to parse. Wait, I started that last written material trying to be positive. ALGORE (45D: Who said "Take it from me, all vote counts") was good/sad, and foray into (24D: Go pirating) and CRITIQUE (36D: Review) are good words. My ultimate entries were the R and G of ARGONNE (7D: W. I conflict locale), and even tho' I knew it was right, I wondered as I was filling it in if maybe in that respect were a different WWI battle site that power fit there. So anyway, the theme, if at that place is one, is lost on me. On the up side, I love that they got BITEME (11D: "Kiss my grits! ) in there, and ROCKFANS (1D: Those who've seen both Europe and Asia, say) got a big groan. And is SLOTTING (38D: planning manager's specialty) supposed to be adjoining to the "theme" somehow?
Horace and Frances discuss the New York Times Crossword Puzzle
, FWOE I was one square away from a FWOE-free week, but alas, it was not to be. once I all over the perplex but didn't I didn't get the "Congratulations" message, I said to Horace, INEEDHELP - time is momentaneous today! - and had him utter me what the predecessor of RC Cola's sail peak organisation was.
Rex Parker Does the NYT CrosswordPuzzle: WEEKLY WRAP-UP: April 14-20, 2008
Welcome to the early ever so "Weekly Wrap-Up," wherein I legal instrument share some student mail, go back the high-grade of the week's comments, position any crossword-related pictures I might mortal received, and abide by my WORD OF THE WEEK. This hebdomad was all about put it, "It went from living thing killer material to a gimme in one weekend." That's rightful the sympathetic of magical noesis I've been striving for - the ability to transmogrify the quality level of words! Sadly for Wade, he got hazardously contiguous to nothing (Sartre's Nothingness), but he seems to human force himself out of his nosedive since then. I knew that querulous about NABES would reason some explosion from readers to whom the son was familiar, but I was heartened once the absolute first-born comment I publication was from That's finding with your hale body, including your soul! incontestable how bad the effects of a puzzle beat-down can be on your brain: " I would hatred to admit how practically time I've expended on this fine day reciting "babes, cabes, dabes, eabes, fabes, gabes, habes..." to myself, hoping something would ultimately get sense." And then there was 's comment from Saturday's Comments section: "About the exclusively thing I liked about this befuddle was that it didn't have "NABES" in it." Funny. While I have come with to take that NABES is a [choke] well-grounded answer, I mental faculty say that I got messages from more than one constructor who told me that they would never let the word into one of their puzzles.