Greg Johnson’s Saturday, 3/22/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)


March 22, 2014 by manvspuzzle


Theme: None

Something Good: Scrabbliness.  As I’ve said before, this is not my favorite thing.  But the scrabbly letters here at least didn’t make me feel weird. They flowed rather nicely, I thought.  And for a while there I felt some minor inner excitement that this dude was going for a double pangram.  Turns out it’s not even a single.  So whatever.  I think the scrabbliness here probably stands out, in a good way, for lots of solvers today.


3 22 14

I liked this.

Definitely not supercool in the long-answer department.  ZIP DRIVE and GRAPE JELLY may be the best offerings here, with everything else falling somewhere below.  And there are lots of kinda bland entries, like RENTABLE, ALTERANT, TIGHTEST, OMAHAN, etc.  Not very flashy.

However, this was pretty perfect difficulty-wise.  The solving experience was basically average for a Saturday.  My biggest issues came in the Southwest, where for some reason I had GOT ALONG instead of RAN ALONG, and LAKE PORT rather than HOME PORT.  Once I made those changes, OPAQUE jumped out at me and it was all downhill from there.  But for me that was like 8 minutes of my solve time at least.  Yeah, I’m (relatively) slow.  But on Friday and Saturday, that perplexity is both expected and nice.  This is probably the result of good editing.

So I had a good time here but I wasn’t wowed.  Just standard, expected, run-of-the-mill fun.  Like a wooden roller coaster.  Or a game of Trouble®.  Or maybe like any given ZOO EXHIBIT.  Sure, the animals are fat, motionless, and depressed, but it’s still *fun*.  Right?

Thanks, Greg.  Good-looking stuff.  Keep em coming.

2 thoughts on “Greg Johnson’s Saturday, 3/22/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

  1. Z says:

    DNF for me because of complete ignorance of The View. I do prefer my wrong answer to “flier” to the right answer. I had LEAr jET.

    “Fat” animals? Your zoo keeper needs to catch up with the times.

    • manvspuzzle says:

      Hmm. I just had this gut feeling that, say, a caged tiger is likely fatter than one in the wild. I certainly feel like I’ve seen some fat kangaroos in my day.

      There’s gotta be a way I can verify my zoo animal obesity claims.

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