Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: East to West - all Across answers that begin on the far west side of the puzzle appear to be unclued, but are actually the second parts of the corresponding Across answers that end at the far east of the puzzle.
Feeling mildly better today, so I'll do a shortish commentary. I have seen this style of puzzle before, though I think the answers actually ran on to the next line (rather than the same line, as is the case here) and may have broken mid-word (rather than between words, as is the case here). At any rate, the only difficulty in this puzzle lies in figuring out the theme; once you've got it, none of the answers should give you much trouble.
- 10A / 1A: Opposite of all (not / one)
- 15A / 13A: Loser (also / ran)
- 18A / 16A: Try, as something new (test / out)
- 22A / 19A: Like some low-rise buildings (three- / story)
- 30A / 26A: Places where fans may gather to watch a game (sports / bars)
- 36A / 34A: Noted 1829 West Point graduate (Robert / E. Lee)
- 40A / 37A: Deem appropriate (see / fit)
- 44A / 41A: Irish playwright who wrote "The Shadow of a Gunman" (Sean / O'Casey)
- 47A / 45A: Countryman of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (West / German)
- 55A / 51A: Target of chondrolaryngoplasty (adam's / apple)
- 62A / 59A: Barely (by a / nose)
- 65A / 63A: Comforting words (it's / okay)
- 68A / 66A: What some browsers browse (the / net)
Didn't know WEST GERMAN or SEAN O'CASEY, but they were both easily inferrable.
I would have called the Wal-Mart symbol a "SMILEY face" (42D: Symbol in Wal-Mart ads) Is his actual name "SMILEY?" I don't know why 4D: London shades are GREYS. Is it 'cause it's GREY there a lot? (see also 26D: Cloud up (befog)).
My favorite feature of this puzzle is the intersection of 4A: Common Halloween costumes (ghosts) and 7D: Hamlet, to Claudius (stepson). Hamlet's father famously appears to him as a GHOST and tells him to avenge his death at the hands of Claudius (Hamlet's uncle). I was annoyed when NEPHEW wouldn't fit for the Hamlet clue, but then it all made sense in the end.
There were probably a few too many abbrev.'s in this puzzle (TREAS., SWED., NAUT., ANON., SDS, SASE, REL., DST., INC., RPM) and HES (60D: Guys) is just godawful, but otherwise, a very enjoyable puzzle.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld