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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Constructor: Bruce Haight
Relative difficulty: Challenging (**for a Tuesday**)
THEME: EIGHT (36A: Total number of letters of the alphabet used in this puzzle) —
Word of the Day: GIRTHS (43D: Saddle straps) —
nounplural noun: girths
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So my first thought is "Dear lord, why is the fill so terrible? Like … Terrible. Like, so terrible that even people who only say nice things about puzzles would say it's terrible. Terrible." That was here:
So, let me get this straight (str-EIGHT!) … the grid has all the letters in EIGHT … plus SAR? And that anagrams to … something? AH, TIGERS! SHIT RAGE! How about SIGH RATE, as in "This puzzle will make your SIGH RATE high, as you encounter garbage fill over and over and over." Stunning. I give this puzzle EIGHT stars (out of a possible two thousand).
Seriously, I challenge you to find a worse puzzle than this one in recent NYT history. This is rock bottom. (Please let this be rock bottom.)
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. now please read this cogent explanation of the real problem here: "It's All About the Fill" by Evan Birnholz.
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