April 3, 2014 by manvspuzzle
Theme: CHCHCHCHCHANGES. 4 theme answers begin with the letters C-H, and each one has a different pronunciation. Then there’s the revealer.
- 17A — December display : CHANUKAH MENORAH
- 24A — Mathematical field that includes the so-called “butterfly effect” : CHAOS THEORY
- 36A — One of literature’s “three sisters” : CHARLOTTE BRONTE
- 44A — Went from butt to butt? : CHAIN SMOKED
- 58A — Chorus starter in a 1972 David Bowie song … or the theme of this puzzle, phonetically : CHCHCHCHCHANGES
Something Good: The Revealer. It’s a real frickin good one. It may be lost on you if you’re not familiar with the song, but if that’s the case then you’re a total dork anyway. Seriously, this revealer has it all: a crazy letter string, a rock and roll reference that makes it feel somehow modern, an old-school vibe because the song is actually 43 years old, the amount of ‘CHs’ appropriately corresponds with the rest of the theme answers, and it’s a grid-spanning 15. Not to mention it’s just fun. And it ties together the theme in a way that makes it way more interesting, thus making the theme as a whole much, much better. What’s not to like? (p.s., just kidding about you being a total dork. I’m sure you’re a very cool* person)
What a great solving week we’re having. This puzzle tickled my fancy in all the right places. The theme, the fill, the clues — all working great for me today. Truthfully, the puzzle had me at CHARLOTTE BRONTE, which I filled in with no crossings because I’m *freaking* *awesome.* I may not know which Bronte did what, but I know who they are, dammit.
Look at that southwest corner. CHCHCHCH- over LAILA ALI will make your eyeballs sweat. What an odd stack of letters. And then the Northeast — that’s about as pretty as you can make the ASIAN FLU. NUFF SAID.
Other stuff daddy likes: COP CAR, FANBOY, GET THIS. You really have to get down to 3 or 4 letters to start seeing the HO HUM stuff — you know, FIE, AGRA, SHAN, TSA crossing OSH. But none of that concerned the solver in me. I just had a great time.
Clever idea for a theme, nicely executed. The combination of this week’s puzzles and the relatively balmy weather we’re having up here in the north-north-north-north-northeast (a sauna-like 52-degree high yesterday) is giving me a fever. Spring fever. But, you know, in a benign puzzle-related way.
Take it easy.
* you are probably a dork.