John Lieb’s Monday, 3/17/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

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March 17, 2014 by manvspuzzle

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Theme: G_M Vowel Progression.  All the way to Y, kidz.

Theme Answers:

  • 18A — Poacher’s nemesis : GAME WARDEN
  • 23A — Idaho’s nickname : GEM STATE
  • 35A — Request for some skin : GIMME FIVE
  • 41A — Mayberry resident who became a Marine : GOMER PYLE
  • 49A — Round candy in a vending machine : GUMBALLS
  • 58A — Sport that includes the pommel horse and parallel bars : GYMNASTICS

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Something Good: 6 Vowels.  A vowel progression theme is *good enough* if it goes from A to U.  Incorporating Y?  That’s just sexy.

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3 17 14

Come on, HIP!  You little son of a pup!  Why u messin with me on a Monday?!

Whoa.  Ok, sorry.  As you can see from my grid, I had a little mistake today.  I had HEP instead of HIP.  Not a huge deal, but blood-thickening nonetheless.  Kinda wanna fight someone.

Other than that, no issues.  I’m fine with this.  Now that I’m writing about it, I see a *little* bit of inconsistency in the theme (unbalanced mixture of 2- and 1-word answers) (same with plurals/singulars), but purely from a solving perspective, none of that was a problem.  It all fell into place like spoonfuls of Bisquick on a cookie sheet.  With half of the recommended amount of milk.  Niiiiice and chunky.

Seriously, it’s a fine puzzle.  Decent long fill, especially JIM PALMER and DRESS CODE.  This is Jim’s first time in the NYT puzzle with his whole name.  Good for him.  I guess.  Whatever.  In my experience with this blog, most celebrities don’t give a crap about appearing in the puzzle.  Somebody should let him know he’s in there today.  The dingus isn’t even on Twitter, so you’ll have to find some other way to communicate with him.  Let me know how it turns out.

Anything else?  Not really.  Aside from what I just mentioned, the fill is average throughout.  Cluing?  Average.  Grid structure?  Adequate.  ADANO? Of course.

See ya.

 

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