Mike Shenk’s Wall Road Journal crossword, “Skinny-Dipping”—Jim P’s overview
What an amazing theme and grid from the editor himself! Every theme reply accommodates a hidden synonym for “skinny” (within the circled letters) which dips right down to the row under earlier than coming again as much as be accomplished within the subsequent Throughout entry. Cool stuff!
- 16a [Endures a collection of…] / 18a […risks or criticisms] RUNS THE GA / U /NTLET. I really like this base phrase any day of the week. That it’s a grid-spanner and hides the theme phrase GAUNT, are added bonuses.
- 24a [Warning to encourage…] / 29a […early registration] SPACE IS L / I / MITED. SLIM.
- 42a [One that’s skeptical…] / 4a […of accepted dogma] FREE T / H / INKER. THIN.
- 54a [Very brief distance…] / 57a […for a shooter] POINT BL / A / NK RANGE. I didn’t know LANK was a phrase separate from “lanky,” but it surely’s proper there within the dictionary.
Enjoyable theme. It didn’t take lengthy to suss out what was occurring, given the title and the ellipses within the clues. However the fascinating selections for entries made for an pleasant resolve from begin to end. Certain, it could have been even cooler if the “skinny” phrases all spanned different phrases (which is the case in just one entry), however given the complexity of the theme, this association doesn’t hassle me.
Lots to love within the fill, too, with MYSTIC, THE PITS, fully-named OSSO BUCO, and BAND-AID NUDISTS ON TIPTOE.
I positive may’ve carried out with a TEST KIT this previous week, since I used to be having COVID signs. Sadly, I didn’t advantage a check in my space (Puget Sound), and so I proceed to reside in ignorance. Fortunately, the signs have handed; it simply would’ve been good to know if I used to be exposing my household to it. Gonna keep hunkered down for weeks to come back, regardless.
BOP IN is one side-eye-earning entry. It’s clued [Arrive casually], and I get it. I simply don’t suppose I’ve ever heard it used earlier than. The opposite eyebrow-raiser is LA MISSION [2009 Benjamin Bratt film]. I do know the actor, simply didn’t know the movie. And I resisted that entry as a result of the LA is Spanish, however Spanish for MISSION is misión. Or is it L.A. MISSION? Frankly, I simply don’t care sufficient to look.
Just one clue I’ll be aware: 66a. [Suffered a selloff]. SLID. Am I being an fool for not my retirement fund these days? I simply can’t deliver myself to do it.
Nifty puzzle. 4.25 stars from me.
Alex Eaton-Salners’ New York Occasions crossword—Ben’s overview
It’s Thursday, let’s crossword. At the moment’s NYT is from Alex Eaton-Salners and it goes a little bit one thing like this:
- 17A: Mercury or Solar, e.g. — WNBA TEAM
- 26A: Mercury or Venus, e.g. — ROMAN GOD
- 35A: Mercury or Earth, e.g. — INNER PLANET
- 48A: Mercury or Mars, e.g. — MUSICIAN
- 58A: Mercury or Saturn, e.g. — AUTO MAKE
I’m glad I solved this when it got here out Wednesday evening, as a result of this felt like a Wednesday type of a theme. The Mercury and the Solar are each WNBA TEAMs, Mercury and Venus are ROMAN GODs, (Freddie) Mercury and (Bruno) Mars are each musisians, and Mercury and Saturn are each auto makes. There’s one thing that feels lower than elegant about INNER PLANETS for Mercury and Earth – the whole lot else is riffing on the truth that these are planets AND one thing else, so for it to be planets and…planets left me wanting a little bit extra.
“Nation singer Carly” PEARCE (16A). Admittedly I don’t hearken to a ton of nation, however I had no clue who this was. The crossings for this felt particularly reasonable and I wanted all of them.
Fill I favored: Pontiac FIERO (although I’d’ve cherished a brisker reference to chef Man FIERI), EURAIL passes, SOAKAGE, ADVERT, TRUE GRIT, and noting that Marcel MARCEAU is the one individual with a line in Mel Brooks’ Silent Film.