March 26, 2014 by manvspuzzle
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.
- CARBON COPY
- NEON LIGHTS
- IRON MAIDEN
- ATOMIC / NUMBER
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.
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.