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very funny
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byron's adventures on jeopardy!, a fascinating story i had certainly not been aware of.
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the java plug-in is disabled in mac os x because it's a major security risk. you'll have to just download the .puz file and solve in a standalone application (across lite or crossword solver) if you can't or don't want to print it out.
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hey, this was a heck of a grid. 62? yikes.
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it was an honor for me to ride your coattails to a win. but why'd you crop the photo so that you can only just barely see the top of the head of the best-looking person in it?
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i don't think that the nyt puzzle is declining on an absolute basis. but i do think it is declining on a relative basis, because the competition is getting better very quickly. by contrast, the improvement in the nyt puzzles over the past decade or so has been incremental. there have been some welcome changes: a few innovative contest puzzles, fewer blah themes, higher fill standards. but there are still plenty of blah themes and plenty of weak fill in the nyt puzzle. it's my sense that amy, deb, and rex are all people who solve crosswords and write about them because they love crosswords. (why else...?) they can see the higher standards being set by crosswords in other venues: in other newspapers, subscription puzzles like the fireball and avx, and the "indie" scene like the mgwcc, beq, erik agard, neville fogarty, andy kravis, etc. at some point, in the face of all the evidence, it becomes disingenuous or downright dishonest to keep perpetuating the notion that the nyt is the "gold standard" of crossword puzzles. it's a good puzzle, but the people who love it and write about it think it could be better.
thanks! years from now, i suspect that will be the only thing i remember about this puzzle.
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2 minutes is indeed bonkers, but 17a was apt.
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29a. that is all.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOrgLj9lOwk
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i "finished" in about 16 minutes when i stopped trying to figure out how 21a worked. 24a, though, i got: cover = INSURE, "in stable" = in + SURE, like a surgeon's sure hand. very fun. that 15d clue is brilliant. and i loved "word has it." thanks ross!
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i thought there might be some people who didn't know the game, but i think the 2 is inferable from the crossing clue. at any rate, it can hardly be 1. but yeah, maybe the 38a clue could have been something like {Video game sequel released on ...}.
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yes, 10 points to mike.
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nope, not pei.
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for a quick 10 points, what architect with a crossword-friendly name designed the building in the photo?
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you'll note that i said "this is what a 72 should look like," not "this is what all themelesses should look like." i think it was tyler who said (maybe he wasn't the first) that his sweet spot is 68. that sounds about right to me, although i might go with 70. openness has its appeal, but below 68 you start seeing some "concessions," unless it's a patrick berry. but if you're going to go up to 72, there should be a payoff in terms of having a couple more awesome entries.
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good point about the grid design, but you know what? this is what a 72 *should* look like. i count at least ten kickass entries; some of the themelesses i've done recently have had as few as two. and the short stuff hasn't been sacrificed, either. the next time somebody dredges up the argument about stacked 15s or ultra-low word counts, this grid should be held up as the counterexample.
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you're right. somehow we all missed this. sorry!
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how awesome would it have been to have veNkAtasubRAmanYAN as one of the theme answers?!? insane and yet totally fair, what with his name being right there at the top of the page.
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it's not me he has to worry about, even with those other four taken care of. he may want to BELT SANDERS and get a HEANEY LASER (yeah, that's weak) and ... i don't know what he would do with KEDLAYA or RIPSTEIN or ZAWISTOWSKI.
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angela, it's a good thing your puzzle blogging/constructing skills are ahead of your tournament prognostication skills. not that there's anything far-fetched about dan winning or tyler giving him a run for his money, of course.
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hi john! don't worry about a rookie this year. worry about david plotkin and jeffrey harris.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Lewis#Arrest_for_murder i guess i'm link dude today.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WSD6Y2YWj4
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