FRI 5-24-13 / Rex usually puts a bunch of clues here / Never understood why / Just read the write-up already
Friday, May 24, 2013
Constructor: Joe Krozel
Relative difficulty: Medium (I'm tired as hell, so this seems like a safe way to go with this)
THEME: THREEVE — Every answer has a length of 3, 5, or 3x5
Word of the Day: ANOLE (Tropical lizard) —
any of numerous chiefly insectivorous New World lizards of the genus Anolis, related to the iguana, that have the ability to change the color of their skin among a wide range of green and brown shades.
Who's a cute little lizard that's in crosswords too much? You are! Yes you are!
Also, I had no idea until tonight that ANOLE has three syllables. I expect to use this new information precisely zero times.
Honestly, it's a mixed bag. The crosshatch of twelve 15s is pretty impressive, with the exception of HONKSONESHORNAT, which is the sort of Frankenphrase that always seems to crop up at least once in grids like these. That said, if it's the worst one of the long entries, overall the set has to get a thumbs-up. (And no, I don't mind HASANINTERESTIN as much, nor do I feel the need to explain this opinion.)
Said thumb takes a more downward angle when considering the short fill, though not as much as I expected. There's yucky stuff like ASBIG, ASHIP, OYS, and RETAP, and plenty of other shorter words that won't do much for anybody. However, RETAP is the only one I'd consider egregious; I refuse to believe anyone has ever earnestly used that word.
- ALEXI — Fortunately, I knew Alexi Lalas cold, which went a long way towards preventing the RETAP/ANOLE/ALEXI/PEREC cluster from being a clusterf... well, you know. I wonder how many solvers will get stuck here.
- PROCRASTINATING — Not the liveliest 15, but a nice clue earns a tip o' the cap from me.
- CARELESSABANDON — I just now noticed this one. Isn't it usually RECKLESS ABANDON? Has decent Google support; I'll give it a pass.
My apologies to those of you who were expecting a rage- and alcohol-fueled screed. I really hope I'm not getting more measured in my old age.
In conclusion, buy my book.
Signed, Tyler Hinman, Regent of CrossWorld