Gary Cee’s Tuesday, 4/15/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)


April 15, 2014 by manvspuzzle


Theme: BASE ON BALLS.  4 theme answers are common terms whose first words are the directional reasons that a baseball pitch would be a ball and not a strike.  There are four of them, nice and balanced (and resulting in a walk), and then the revealer.

Theme Answers:

  • 17A — Grounds for impeachment : HIGH TREASON
  • 24A — TV show anchored by Bill O’Reilly from 1989 to 1995 : INSIDE EDITION
  • 39A — Underhanded attack : LOW BLOW
  • 51A — Hundred-to-one odds, say : OUTSIDE CHANCE
  • 63A — Batter’s reward after pitches like those described at the starts of 17-, 24-, 39- and 51-Across : BASE ON BALLS

Something Good: Lots to like here, but I’m going to point out the fill.  Of the 78 words, I see just a small handful that I think are weird.  Thinking beyond myself (of the poor, poor noobs), the crossing of LAHR/RAGA could cause a headache.  Other than that, just a few hardly worth mentioning.  Everything crossed fairly, which is what truly matters.  And the long (5+) stuff all seems good-to-great.  Few complaints = good!

4 15 14

Pressed for time again.  My classes are in full swing and I also like to sleep sometimes.

Great stuff today from Gary Cee.  Tight theme, professional fill, and right down the middle (pun intended) for a Tuesday.  Perhaps even more down the middle than usual — I flew through this thing like a 1974 Nolan Ryan fastball.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Gary Cee resembles my high school principal.  I can’t find a picture of Mr. Ceccarelli anywhere on the Internet, but when I do, you can be sure I’ll post a side-by-side comparison.

Nice, cared-for long downs (DOGGIE BAG and MARSEILLE).  *No* scrabbliness, which means no *forced* scrabbliness, which means relative smoothness throughout.  Just a lot of goodness, nothing much to complain about.

Non-sports people could feel differently today than I do.  I always forget about those sad, boring souls.

Just kidding!  Go Phils!






4 thoughts on “Gary Cee’s Tuesday, 4/15/14 NYT crossword puzzle (ed. Will Shortz)

  1. Z says:

    Phillies? You are in for a long summer, I fear.

  2. tom pepper says:

    EMU and DODGE up in the NE put the BNL earworm back in my head. I’ve watched Z’s video more than a couple times since he posted it. Great song. 🙂

    I agree–nice solid puzzle with very little junky stuff. I didn’t like RAGA either, but interestingly the word has been used 3 times in 2013-2014–all by Gary Cee. I’m curious, if you change 2D to ALII or ALIA, does that score better on your scoring system? Might have a higher score, but also a higher Natick factor?

    Would love to hear more reaction from your class about yesterday’s LAT.

    • manvspuzzle says:

      I can tell you that I’ve been getting non-stop calls and emails from random solvers across the continent. Even my boss and some other people in my school got some. Never experienced anything like that on my own as a constructor — something about the class really fired some people up.

      Regarding your ALII/ALIA question: I wouldn’t like that either. I might actually hate it. The overall score could improve, but I dislike those more than RAGA. All I can really see is a total teardown of everything surrounding DOGGIE BAG and PRECIS (including those two themselves) and trying again.

      Or just suck it up and learn LAHR and RAGA. Either way.

      • tom pepper says:

        Not surprised by all the attention–it’s a great story, Sean. Way to make a difference in the world!

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