Gap in a manuscript— MONDAY, Dec. 14 2009 — Greek port where Prince Philip was born / What to call Spain's Juan Carlos

Monday, December 14, 2009


Constructor: Tim Darling

Relative difficulty: Easy

THEME: Time Zones — theme answers begin with EASTERN, CENTRAL, MOUNTAIN, and PACIFIC, respectively

Word of the Day: CORFU (24D: Greek port where Prince Philip was born) Corfu (Greek: Κέρκυρα, Kérkyra, IPA: [ˈkʲe̞ɾkʲiɾa]; Ancient Greek: Κέρκυρα or Κόρκυρα; Latin: Corcyra; Italian: Corfù) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. (wikipedia)

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This is a fine theme with mostly lamentable fill — except CREDENZA, that's a winner (36D: Sideboard). If I never see RETOP, ADES, and especially E-ZINES again, it'll be too soon. The puzzles two contractions (!) have no business being that close to each other in the east (I'VE / AREN'T), and the SE corner is a bit of a disaster, with Intersecting Plural Abbreviations and a partial (A DOG). The "Z" down there is doing his best to save the corner, but to no avail. I appreciate the "X" in the far SW, but overall the puzzle is pretty dreary. Again, I think the conceit is good — Time Zones. Solid. But more care should be taken in making the non-theme fill interesting, or at least clean (see the far west for an example — the whole grid should be that tight).

Theme answers:

  • 17A: Acupuncture, e.g. (EASTERN medicine)
  • 24A: Furnace, e.g. (CENTRAL heater)
  • 40A: Rough-terrain cyclist (MOUNTAIN biker)
  • 53A: Samoan or Fijian (PACIFIC Islander)

Tore through this puzzle in something like record time (2:42), then noticed upon perusing the results that I had BOOM where WHAM was supposed to go, and I never fixed it. BOOM created three impossible crosses (BHOSE, OART, OLF) and I somehow didn't see any of them. HA ha. Perils of speed solving. I think by the time I fixed those answers my time was still under 3. Biggest issue (to the extent that there were issues) was not getting ROADSIDE until I had most of the crosses (34D: Where a hot dog stand might stand), and having DOREA where DORIA was supposed to go (57A: Andrea _____, ill-fated ship) — figured the queen was never called BESSEE, so changed "E" to "I" at the very end (42D: Nickname for Elizabeth).

Bullets:

  • 31A: Good name for a Dalmatian (Spot) — missed opportunity for a cross-reference, as ALPO intersects this answer at the "P" (23D: Mighty Dog competitor).
  • 41D: Airport near Tokyo (Narita) — longish crosswordese. Learned it from crosswords a couple years ago.
  • 10D: Gap in a manuscript (lacuna) — I always think of this word (which I like a lot) as a gap, generally. Apparently LACUNA is also a mutant in the Marvel universe.
  • 9D: Popular teen hangout 50+ years ago (soda shop) — well if Archie comics are a barometer of contemporary teen activity (and I just know they are) then teens still go to the SODA SHOP. They also have names like "Moose" and can occasionally be seen wearing crown-shaped beanies.



And some bonus cartoon tunes, just because I love you guys.




Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

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72 comments:

Parshutr 7:29 AM  

Getting pretty tired of words like AIDE, WEAN appearing two or more times in a week's worth of puzzles. But I guess the prevalence of puzzle construction software is to blame.
Sigh.

Greene 7:33 AM  

I thought this was a perfectly fine Monday puzzle. Nothing exciting, maybe, but solid and straightforward. The theme is good (although I didn't even notice it until I completed the grid and went back to look).

The fill didn't really bother me and some of the downs in the southern portion are pretty good: NARITA, ROADSIDE, BESSIE, AKIRA, CREDENZA all seem just fine. CORFU and LACUNA even seemed fancy for a Monday.

Is CENTRAL HEATER really in the language? I'm more accustomed to the phrase CENTRAL HEAT. It certainly sounds legit, just a bit odd to my ear.

The Bard 7:42 AM  

MACDUFF: Confusion now hath made his masterpiece! Most sacrilegious murder hath broke OPE The Lord's anointed temple, and stole thence The life o' the building!

Macbeth > Act II, scene III

joho 7:57 AM  

I really liked the theme but have to agree about the tired fill. Another word that's as omnipresent as Moby Dick is ELIE.

For some reason I got a kick out of X-ray SPEX.

This was not a jewel but not A DOG, either.

Elaine 8:00 AM  

Initially I had Betsey (well, I MADE it fit) for the nickname--there are a lot of possibles for Elizabeth. The Andrea DORIA straightened that out; (wouldn't it have been interesting to have STOCKHOLM intersect that answer?)

I thought CENTRAL HEATING would have been better; Greene is right--no one says, "Does this house have a central heater?"

Are the standards for a Monday puzzle lower? Easier is one thing, poorer quality is another. I prefer struggling to be bored...

Robin 8:16 AM  

I agree with above about CENTRAL HEATER... it should be CENTRAL HEATING.
Also SO, SO sick of EZINES!

Don Carter 8:17 AM  

Twilight Zone

The Corgi of Mystery 8:18 AM  

Interesting for a Monday that it's only a 72-worder. I thought it was pretty good, especially for a debut, although I'll admit that my empathy for newbies has been especially aroused since I just had my first puzzle accepted at the NYT yesterday :)

Rex Parker 8:23 AM  

When you stick ATREST, TENSER, and INTEREST in the open parts of your grid, then yeah, you can get to an easy 72-worder now problem.

AKIRA is crosswordese. A fine word, but nothing anyone should be congratulated for.

And constructing software has Zero to do with, say, WEAN, which is a fine word with common letters that no one needs a computer to come up with.

Judith 8:33 AM  

Congrats Corgi on your debut as a constructor! sorry Rex didn't post sugar, sugar from the Archies. I love that song.

Maybe soon we'll get a Monkees clue and then my childhood music memories will be complete.

JannieB 8:35 AM  

Congrats @Corgi! Let us know when it's published since I'm sure the by-line will differ from your nom de blog.

Okay puzzle, but Spex????? I've only ever seen Specs - that an the Central Heater seem very forced, even if they are legit.

Theme was fine - actually saw it before I finished (a rarity on Monday).

PIX 9:05 AM  

OK puzzle for a Monday.

Rex said: "(if)I never see RETOP, ADES, and especially E-ZINES again, it'll be too soon." Some of use feel the same way about LISA, as a cartoon reference. There must be some other way to clue that word.

imsdave 9:32 AM  

@PIX - "David and ____", 1962 film.

@Corgi - WOW, congrats!

@Greene - ditto.

PurpleGuy 9:33 AM  

@Pix- how about Liza Minelli's evil twin sister !

Thought the puzzle easy, even for a Monday. Got the theme right away, which made it flow even faster.
Having spent many Christmases in Hawaii, PACIFIC ISLANDER came with just a couple crosses.

Another good write up, Rex. Thanks for the clips.

PurpleGuy 9:36 AM  

Almost forgot, add my congrats to Corgi.
Look forward to solving when it's published.
Keep us informed.

Steve 10:00 AM  

Has anyone EVER heard anyone in the real world use the words E-ZINE or E-MAG?

The Corgi of Mystery 10:06 AM  

Thanks everyone! @JannieB: I personally think it would be awesome to have The Corgi Of Mystery as my byline, but I'm guessing that's not going to fly.

mac 10:09 AM  

Very very easy, and I also recognized the theme before I finished for a change. In fact, I filled in Pacific Islander before I had any crosses there! A sure sign that it was easy: several answers mentioned in Rex's write-up and in earlier comments I never even saw.

Lovely word, lacuna, and I liked "at rest". Wanted to call Juan Carlos simply "rey".

Congratulations, Corgi!

ArtLvr 10:13 AM  

This was good fun -- one of my fastest ever, but still having a fresh theme, longest possible theme answers top and bottom, many scrabbly letters, and amusing fill like SCARFS. So kudos to Tim Darling on his debut!

Congrats to the Corgi too, and we'll be looking forward to seeing that one too...

∑;)

Van55 10:13 AM  

HMM

I thought this was a bit of a challenge for a Monday. I didn't know NARITA or the Latin quote missing ERAT. LACUNA is not an everyday word, but I happened to know it from crosswords. Never heard of BESSIE as a nickname for Elizabeth -- wanted Betsy, which didn't fit and then tried BETSEE but knew that was wrong.

CORFU? Who knew?

AKIRA? Needed the crosses.

Anonymous 10:29 AM  

Maleska never allowed e-zine or e-mag in his puzzles, as far as I can see.

joho 10:32 AM  

@Congratulations @The Corgi of Mystery! I agree, being published as the Corgi would be awesome, but be sure to give us your real name so we don't miss your debut.

Rex Parker 10:37 AM  

I heard Maleska rejected IPOD too.

Two Ponies 10:38 AM  

First off, congrats Corgi!
Are you going to let us know before your puzzle is published or will you wait to see what this blog says about it without bias?
When I saw the by-line I wondered if it was a debut. Congrats to you Tim D. I thought it was an OK Monday with some fill that seemed a bit tougher for a Monday as Van55 noted.
Retop was the worst. Retar, yes.
The hot dog stand seen in Rex's write-up is something of an icon in CA. They recently opened a store here in Vegas so I went to see why they were so famous.
After trying it out I cannot imagine why all of the fuss. Awful.

darkman 10:44 AM  

The best thing about today's puzzle is Corgi's announcement. Congratulations!

mccoll 10:56 AM  

This one didn't take long even using pen and paper in the bath tub.
Who would say "central heater" instead of "furnace?"
Corgi, you're my hero to have a crossword accepted. Actually, you're my hero to have made one!
@Two Ponies. Pink's are dreadful! It reminds my of all the fuss about Crispy Creams which were a resurrection of the Spud-nut of old. They were really forgettable, as well.
Thanks for the write-up Rex and all the comments people.

tptsteve 11:06 AM  

@Corgi- way to go.
I had buck for HART until I realized none of the downs worked. Never heard it used before. Oh well, live and learn.

jeff in chicago 11:07 AM  

A perfectly fine Monday. My quibbles include the CENTRAL HEATER issue already brought up, and the clue for MEAN. Yes, it's mean to take candy from a baby, but isn't the phrase "It's as EASY as taking candy from a baby?"

Still, congrats on the debut Tim. And congrats on the future debut, Corgi!

Gordon Shumway 11:13 AM  

Darn right some of the short fill was pretty good, especially 37A, ALF. But it should have been clued as an abbr. It's not my real name (see above) but stands for Alien Life Form.

The Corgi of Mystery 11:26 AM  

@Two Ponies: I hadn't really thought about the before or after question, but I guess I'll let everyone know beforehand.

Thanks again for the love, guys... getting involved with this blog and discovering that construction was such an interesting and intricate craft was one of the reasons I got into it in the first place, so some of the credit has to go back to all of you!

Stan 11:42 AM  

A good day for music videos. Here's one more: X-Ray Spex featuring Poly Styrene.

Congratulations @Corgi!

Noam D. Elkies 11:56 AM  

If one is looking for technical flaws then you might also note that "dog" from 50D appears twice in clues (23D, 34D). Still not bad for a Monday, and with a good helping of Scrabble 3- and 4-pointers (BCFHMPVWY) in addition to the KXZZ. After 17A I was expecting the other three cardinal directions in the remaining long Acrosses, so the actual theme was a pleasant surprise. I too wondered why the clue for 10D:LACUNA was so specific, but then I wouldn't expect that and 24D:CORFU in a Monday puzzle at all (xwordinfo remembers two Tuesday CORFUs, one with the same Prince Philip hook; LACUNA hasn't been seen at all since 2002).

Congrats to Tim and Corgi on their debut puzzles,
— NDE

Leslie 11:58 AM  

Corgi, that's awesome news! Good for you!!

I always write my answers in the dead-tree version, and today I took pains to see how long it took me. I'm a tad OCD about writing the letters cleanly and legibly--I never race through the puzzle madly scribbling in the answers as fast as I can.

So: With that as my typical solving style, I filled this one in quickly and without stopping (okay, I took a sip of coffee) in eight minutes. Rex was done in slightly less than three.

I'm going to keep track of my speed like this a few more times to try to come up with a reliable Rex/Leslie ratio that I can use to evaluate my performance on later-day puzzles. Should be fun!

I'm surprised that Eugene Maleska didn't allow "iPod." Would he have not allowed "Waring," for a blender? Or the names of models of cars?

SteveJ 12:03 PM  

As the Maleska era was from 1977 to 1993, and the iPod didn't come out until 2001, it surprises me little that he didn't permit it. Pretty much the same with eZine, eMag, eAnyhing I would guess. I'm guessing that was Rex's (typically subtle) point.

SteveJ 12:06 PM  

Oh damn, I so wish I had thought to state that Will Shortz is equally fanatical as Maleska ever was in keeping neologisms which won't be coined for another decade out of todays puzzles. Crazy bastard!

treedweller 12:06 PM  

@Leslie
Rex was joking. I'm not sure about Anon 10:29. But iPods and the internet were after Mr. Maleska's time, if I'm not mistaken.

Having said that, I believe he also eschewed brand names, so probably a no on Waring and car names.

Others who have been around longer than I may correct me on the finer points, so stay tuned.

PlantieBea 12:07 PM  

Congrats, Corgi!

Jury duty for me today. I solved this puzzle way too quickly considering the time I've spent waiting in the pool. I made it to one courtroom in which one of the attorneys asked how we'd feel as jurors if he sat and did crosswords for the whole trial. I guessed he did not have today's puzzle at hand.

Thought of BUCK and STAG for HART, and RETAR for RETOP. SPEX was unusual and unexpected.

Now, back to the pool, the internet ammenties our courthouse provides, and THE LACUNA, Barbara Kingsolver's newest work.

Shamik 12:12 PM  

@Corgi: Congratulations!

@Greene: ditto on central heating

Congratulations to Tim Darling on the debut puzzle. I must have known a Tim Darling at some point because the name sounds familiar.

One of the easiest puzzles I've ever done, but after beating myself up lately with few 100% solves, I was ready for an easy one. Liked CREDENZA and LACUNA...a lot.

But Maleska just adored Natick crossings of Polynesian food fish with "Obscure country that no longer exists" monetary unit.

Shamik 12:18 PM  

@Greene: Thanks for the Len Cariou clip of "Pretty Women" yesterday. I think I wore out my soundtrack album. Definitive Sweeney. Never got to see him perform it on Broadway.

retired_chemist 12:43 PM  

Congrats to Corgi from me and the golden pups! Nice canine slant today, with Corgi's announcement, WEAN, SPOT, and A DOG. Also (on a personal note) the sire of the litter I have been flashing urls for is from TEMPO kennels.

The puzzle - OK but not memorable.

There are certain compounds (polyoxometalates) which have LACUNARY structural variants. They are, of course, compounds in which one vertex of a humongous (for molecules) polyhedral structure is missing.

retired_chemist 12:49 PM  

@ Leslie 11:58 - Orange's site has several folks we know posting times. Convenient.

Does Rex post his times routinely somewhere? Haven't found it, but haven't looked....

bluebell 1:11 PM  

I learned lacuna from Lord Peter Wimsey, who collects (yes, in my mind he still lives) rare manuscripts.

The hart can be biblical "Like as a hart desireth water brooks. . ."

To me it is central heating, and the Queen is good Queen Bess but never Bessie.

Got the theme phrases easily, but stupidly didn't go back and notice the time zone component. Too focused on the individual word answers.

imsdave 1:38 PM  

@PurpleGuy - we all know it's Liza with a Z, not Lisa with an S (well, Greene and I know that, anyway) - I'm guessing you knew that too.

Squeek 1:39 PM  

I always remember hart from the company symbol for the Hartford ins. company. A stag on a crag.
@ Gordon Shumway, I had no idea Alf was an acronym. A new tidbit about that frequent answer, thx.
Way to go Corgi! I'd be tempted to wait anonymously to see how the crowd reacted to a debut puzzle but that's just me.
I do a lot of crossword books and I much prefer Will's editing to Maleska. Shamik summed it up well.

bookmark 1:54 PM  

I'm also reading Barbara Kingsolver's THE LACUNA.

Good puzzle and write-up today.

Congratulations, Corgi. Impressive!

Clark 3:02 PM  

"Villa est villa Romana. . . . Magna villa parvam lacunam habet." Opening text from ninth grade Latin. LACUNA is firmly embedded.

Charles Bogle 3:08 PM  

I'm w Van55 on this one

would go further in whining about the lamentable fill--has the look of being phoned in

Congrats Corgi!!

Rex Parker 3:12 PM  

I would like to thank every reader (until one minute ago, all of you) who did NOT call me out for making an it's/its error yesterday. And I'd further like to thank everyone who ever offered a correction without coming across like a condescending, "EatsShootsLeaves"-loving f!@#. One total douchebag of a professor has (just now) reminded me of how decent and well-behaved most of you are, so thanks.

rp

Sundance 3:23 PM  

I went through Lizzie, Betsie, and finally to Bessie.

Anonymous 3:31 PM  

Rex, in a late response to yesterday's "setting setting" - yes "table top" threw me too, until
I saw your post. Then the light came on! It's a table setting as in plates, silver, glasses - ON the top of the table. So - the "setting" for the "setting" is the table top. D'oh!

treedweller 3:33 PM  

@Rex
Your well come.

Leslie 3:44 PM  

Treedweller, HA!

Rex, nitpicking is really annoying. "Yes, it's a typo. No, I didn't see it. Yes, it's wrong." Sheesh.

Laughing now at the Maleska thing!!

chefwen 3:59 PM  

A fine Monday puzzle. Had WHAp in for WHAM witch gave me a pOUNTAIN BIKER and BETSIE before BESSIE and I wasn't too sure what a tP READER was, but those were both easily fixed. Have no idea how I knew LACUNA, but put it in without hesitation. HMM!

Congrats Corgi - keep us posted

Elaine 4:42 PM  

@Corgi of Mystery
Let me add to the chorus of congratulations...quite a feather in the cap! Just curious: what field of science are you studying? (I am worrying in advance of the need: are Corgis given to the cruel practice of using specialized vocabulary in their puzzles? COPULA and the like...)

@Rex
Old Codger that I am (Published Old Codger, even)--I still have to stop and perform the its/it's test every time I use one or the other. Every blinkin' time!..or inevitably I have the wrong one. Like Right/Left...I'm in my Sixties and still don't have automaticity; I just use strategies and do the work-around. Sympathies!

There used to be a riddle/poem about "Liza, Lizzie, Bessie and Beth..." and many more, all going somewhere; how many were going altogether? The answer was One, because the list was all nicknames for Elizabeth. Our daughter's middle name is Elizabeth, and we planned to call her Beth...right up til she emerged screaming with outrage and didn't stop for five hours. Not a Beth.

Sfingi 4:43 PM  

I liked the theme.
The puzzle appeared exhilaratingly easy, going down like a shade down a window, until I hit a Personal Natick at the bottom: NARITA, SPEX and XENA, which I spelled with a Z.

DORIA - Didn't we just have Achille Lauro?

Sorry if I correct that apostrophe thing. I bite myself until it bleeds, but sooner or later..
Hubster has a similar thing with "very unique," which is all over the airwaves these days. He has lost the battle, and so will I. Gave up decades ago on "an historic." I'm a phogress.

chefbea 5:42 PM  

My daughter's name is Elizabeth and no one has ever called her Bessie. We call her Lizzie

Congrats Corgi. Look forward to your puzzle.

And Thanks Tim for this puzzle
@Shamick Tim Darling sounds familiar to me also - maybe Stamford???

sanfranman59 6:05 PM  

Midday report of relative difficulty (see my 7/30/2009 post for an explanation of my method):

All solvers (median solve time, average for day of week, ratio, percentile, rating)

Mon 6:35, 6:56, 0.95, 38%, Easy-Medium

Top 100 solvers

Mon 3:28, 3:41, 0.94, 40%, Easy-Medium

This one felt more medium than easy (for a Monday) to me and so far, the solve times sort of bear this out.

Meg 6:24 PM  

I'll add my voice to the complaint about CENTRAL HEATER.

The best thing about this puzzle was that I didn't get the specific TIME ZONE theme until I had done 2/3 of the puzzle. I really hate it when the theme is obvious after the first long entry.

Is "quod erat demonstrandum" a common phrase that I have just never seen before? It seemed odd for a Monday.

@Corgi: Did you have to do some negotiatin' with Will or were your clues OK from the outset?

PIX 6:51 PM  

@Meg...QED is common in math and philosophy (esp. logic).. it is a way of stating that i have proven what i set out to prove...it gets its own Wikipedi entry (under "QED") and "erat" is frequently in the puzzle...

Meg 6:59 PM  

@ PIX Thanks for the info. QED I've heard of. It just never occurred to me to find out what the letters stood for. Kind of like SCUBA!

The Corgi of Mystery 7:14 PM  

@Elaine: I'm in a psych program, and my research is mainly in cognitive neuroscience. I think joon has staked out his territory in science-y puzzles though, so I'll try not to go there :)

@Meg: From what I understand, clues get changed by Will as he sees fit, and without constructor approval. I did have to do a major overhaul of the grid because my first fill wasn't great; fortunately Will liked the theme enough that he said he'd give it a second look.

andrea doria michaels 7:37 PM  

@Congrats, Corgi!

I wouldn't tell anyone your real name till after it appears, bec it is thrilling to see what the non-biased comments are...

I think I'm getting spoiled as a solver now, bec I wanted there to be the entry TIMEZONES in the puzzle...but I should appreciate there were already four theme entries (the new three) and they were in order.

One thing that was odd, that I'd never have noticed pre-Rex is that 3 of the 4 end in -ER (the not-right-on HEATER, BIKER, ISLANDER) yet the first does not.

I suspect CENTRAL HEATER was not heatING bec he needed to make it match MOUTAINBIKER in length.

Re: Partials:
There was ACAN and ADOG next to each other practically, tho I guess that was saved by ALPO being ACAN of ADOG!

Messed up with NAGOYA/NARITA.

Quibble: my personal preference about 1A is that I like it to be a real word or I feel thrown off for the WHOLE puzzle!
So I didn't like the first entry not being a word (AMBI) but of course all is forgiven by have DORIA as a secret shout out to me!
Thanks, Darling.

Glitch 7:52 PM  

A furnace, providing "central heating" is, in my book, a CENTRAL HEATER" ;)

@macoll

Spent my early years working at my uncle's "SpudNut Shop". The macguffin was they were made from potato flour. They were made in the same manner as Dunkin' Donuts.

Krispy Cremes bear no relation to either. :)

.../Glitch

Two Ponies 7:56 PM  

@ andrea,
That thrill is what I was talking about in regards to Corgi's debut. It would take some cojones but you could count on honesty, however brutal. Have you ever had that happen to you here? Since becoming a regular here we have all known your name so, even if it was a surprise, we always knew before coming here that it is you. With Corgi we have no idea what name we will be seeing. I see it as a perfect opportunity for unbiased peer review.

chefbea 8:11 PM  

I'm guessing the mysterious Corgi's name is...Colin??

Stan 8:33 PM  

I'm guessing Pembroke N. Igma

Elaine 10:14 PM  

@Corgi
Totally cool subject area--plus, just think: you can use amygdala, hypothalamus, cerebellum, a bunch of neurochemical names like serotonin and um, um (long time since that coursework), and how about all the neuron parts--axon, dendrite (they sound like botanical nomenclature!) It would be an awesome second puzzle... you know, in all that spare time.

@Andrea Doria Michaels
I was terribly hurt that my first Comment did not tweak anyone's amygdala/memory storage cells... Hint: What was the name of the ship that rammed the Andrea Doria?
Plus I thought bikerS would have taken care of the symmetry so that the more acceptable CENTRAL HEATING could fit.... This is why one mustn't rush--think, edit, think, EDIT!

See you tomorrow. Oh, wait....the puzzle is probably already up! Aha....

mac 10:33 PM  

@Elaine: I did wonder what you meant by "Stockholm" but didn't have the time to check it out....

andrea ambi michaels 4:44 AM  

@Elaine
I think it was some Swedish liner...I used to tease my Swedish beau that I was in for the same fate.

I'm always hoping to still get sincere yea/nay to my puzzles despite my frequent visits here...
I can take it! (Maybe)

(Actually have one coming out that is a joint effort that many many will hate, so I'm looking forward to that!)

Elaine 7:00 AM  

@Andrea
See @mac's comment just above yours... Yes, the STOCKHOLM (I think later accused of going too fast in fog) T-boned the ANDREA DORIA and it sank pretty quickly. I felt quite naughty implying that STOCKHOLM should intersect DORIA... but a joke only works if someone gets it. Phooey.

sanfranman59 12:38 PM  

This week's relative difficulty ratings. See my 7/30/2009 post for an explanation. In a nutshell, the higher the ratio, the higher this week's median solve time is relative to the average for the corresponding day of the week.

All solvers (this week's median solve time, average for day of week, ratio, percentile, rating)

Mon 6:38, 6:56, 0.96, 40%, Easy-Medium

Top 100 solvers

Mon 3:28, 3:41, 0.94, 40%, Easy-Medium

Crosscan 5:42 PM  

Very appropriate for someone who flew from the EASTERN to the PACIFIC time zones on Monday.

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