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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Constructor: Adam G. Perl
Relative difficulty: Easy (for me … looks like Medium-ish for others)
THEME: After all... — phrases with "after" in them are represented in the grid literally, with the pre-"after" part following the post-"after" part:
- PILL MORNING (for "morning after pill") (24A: Plan B, e.g.)
- ANOTHER ONE THING (for "one thing after another") (31A: A seemingly endless series)
- C I BEFORE E EXCEPT (for "I before E except after C) (41A: Rule contradicted by science?) (my favorite because of how insane it looks) (also, good clue)
- READING BURN (for "burn after reading") (50A: Note to a spy, say)
One that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided: "Tax shelters had long been the bête noire of reformers" (Irwin Ross).
[French : bête, beast + noire, black.]
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/b-te-noire#ixzz32PJ7MFwS
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Tompkins Learning Partners. Very nice guy. Made all the tournament puzzle himself, the toughest of which was a brutal tour de force. He should publish it. But anyway, about this puzzle—I liked it. Played very easy for me. Not sure exactly when I picked up the theme, but once I did, all those themers went down quickly. For sheer loopiness, I love CIBEFOREEEXCEPT the best of them all. I know I have said in the past that I don't like nonsense in my grids, but I don't take this as nonsense—it's just a different manner of representing the answer-phrase. And not only do I like PILL MORNING as an answer, I like that it appears in the grid at all. The NYT xword has a history of being squeamish about both bodily functions as well as matters controversial, and this answer is a twofer. Nice to see this normally conservative medium being both current and (however moderately) bold.