March 21, 2014 by manvspuzzle
Something Good: BETWEEN TWO FERNS. It’s cool, it’s edgy, and it’s very *now*. I think it was last week that I first saw this video. And I think even old republicans might be aware of it, because Bill O’Reilly was pretty hard on it.
Fair enough. It’s pretty lame to continually say the same thing about a constructor over and over and over. But I probably will here anyway. This is a BEQ puzzle. It’s not his best. He saves his best stuff for his website (I don’t *know* that he intentionally does that — it’s just what it looks like). This is a fine puzzle by any standards, though I’d argue a little ho-hum outside of BETWEEN TWO FERNS. Just good, not mind-blowing. The 3-letter stuff is pretty meh, but that’s not really his hallmark. BEQ is a long-answer kinda guy.
Difficulty-wise, this one was a little lopsided. 75% of it seemed super easy, but the SE wouldn’t get situated for me. I finally realized that 56A (___ Mouse) was MINNIE, and not MODEST as I had so cavalierly written in. MODEST seemed like a Quigleyesque answer, so I kinda blame Brendan for that mistake (note: not really).
What else? I really imagined for a while that there was a real drink called TEXAS PEE. I thought it was *possible* for this constructor to get something like that in there. Don’t get me wrong — TEXAS TEA totally came to mind first, but I had never heard of it drinkwise, so I just…wondered. By the way, there should be a drink called TEXAS PEE.
SNOWDEN = nice. OH I DUNNO = nice. DO IT BY THE BOOK = nice. CRUMHORN = nice.
The more I study this, the better I like it. Nice little puzzle.