Alex Vratsanos’ Wednesday, 3/26/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

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March 26, 2014 by manvspuzzle

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Theme: ATOMIC/NUMBER.  Four theme answers are common terms that begin with an element.  For added spice, the clue number matches the atomic number for each element.  Then there’s a revealer.

Theme Answers:

  • CARBON COPY
  • NEON LIGHTS
  • IRON MAIDEN
  • COPPERHEAD
  • ATOMIC / NUMBER

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Something Good: The Long Fill.  Kudos to Alex for focusing on this stuff.  The theme here was almost lost on a liberal arts dummy like me, but the fill sparkled.

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When you see my phone screenshot, you know I’m pressed for time.  I’m sorry, Alex.  Very cool construction and great fill.  The theme concept?  Eh, it’s ok.  Didn’t do much for me, but I appreciated it on some levels.  That time at the top (11:45) is accurate, and I was also having a conversation with my wife while solving, so for me this played fairly easy for a Wednesday.  Maybe like 8 or 9 minutes if I wasn’t distracted.  That’s fast for me mid-week.

Anyway, that’s about it.  Good puzzle.  Thanks.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Alex Vratsanos’ Wednesday, 3/26/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

  1. tom pepper says:

    The puzzle did not make a good first impression on me with 4 3-letter words in the top row, none of which I got in the first pass. But that structure made a lot more sense once I understood the theme. I like when there’s more to the theme than just the letters in the boxes, and particularly when you can combine words with numbers. Very clever, Alex! Hard to believe you could frame that up so fast!

    Lots of great 7s in the grid. In fact, I like all 14 of ’em. Not a loser in the bunch.

    I didn’t care much for the middle east and middle west sections, but I’m sure it’s a by-product of the dense theme. All the nice stuff far outweighs the iffy stuff. Good one, Alex!

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