April 14, 2014 by manvspuzzle
Theme: THERE/THEIR/THEY’RE. 3 grid-spanning answers begin with one of those homophones.
- 17A — Famous debate words from Reagan to Carter : THERE YOU GO AGAIN
- 37A — Churchill’s description of the Royal Air Force during W.W. II : THEIR FINEST HOUR
- 58A — Endorsement from Tony the Tiger : THEYRE GRRRRREAT
Something Good: This Ridiculously Simplistic Theme. So obvious, so silly. Not a mind-blower, but definitely crossworthy and Monday-friendly. A very good theme for noobs. A lengthy research session tells me it hasn’t been done before. How is that possible?! Somebody tell me I’m wrong.
Pretty good theme for a Monday. The fill is below-average-to-fine. Not super-sparkly, but good enough. My big complaint comes at the crossing of OXEYES and EER; no issue for me, but for those poor, theoretical beginners we theoretically alienate when we don’t turn out Berryesque fill. I hope that X isn’t the reason for it…
But whatever. FOODIE is cool. Same with AGE GAPS. That’s about it for fun fill. The rest is just more or less fine.
But the theme: it’s nice. Fun and simple and obvious. One of those wish-I’d-thought-of-it things, and I’m still pretty shocked it *hasn’t* been thought of before.
That’s pretty much it. Just an average, basically good Monday.
p.s. Check out today’s LA Times puzzle if you get the chance. I constructed it along with 12 high school students. We’re pretty psyched about it. 🙂