SATURDAY PUZZLE — Who can begrudge any weekend puzzle that features a reference to an anthem for the solver of weekend puzzles?
I’m certain there will probably be individuals who aren’t on the identical sprightly wavelength as Emily Carroll, who strews puns via this grid like a sure legendary hopper scatters eggs, however hopefully her grid will brighten everybody’s day.
There are quite a lot of actually temporary, cute and surprising clues for frequent fill immediately, which make for a really vigorous remedy — COP, MIND, SEEK, BROWSER, HABITAT and GRAND are all examples. Not quite a lot of trivia, though the clue for EM FORSTER is quite intriguing. (He lived an extended life, however no proof that he campaigned for accolades.)
1A: It ought to shock no one to determine that Muhammad Ali was, amongst many different issues, a prodigious TRASH TALKER. I did be taught that there’s a complete album of his poetic bravado on the market, in case you want some inspiration:
46A: No touch upon the portmanteau, EARGASM, besides that I discover it very witty of Ms. Carroll to put it subsequent to RATED PG.
56A: After I learn the clue at 51D, “React to a public scene, possibly,” I considered social media and went with SHARE, as in “like and share!” (and I’ll wager I’m not the one one). That made any such flour “atha,” improper, as an alternative of ATTA, appropriate. You would possibly discover it fascinating that this which means of the time period was additionally the way it was clued on its debut in 1943, “Unsorted wheat flour of India.” This appears to be the whole flour most well-liked for roti, chapati and different flat breads.
58A: I believe that is probably the most surprising entry on this backside triplet; the clue had me fascinated about airways and Leonardo da Vinci’s ornithopter. That is decrease tech, an ITALIAN FLAG fluttering over Florence. (UNDER THE SEA had a reasonably simple clue, however the televised Shaggy model was a shock to me, at the least.)
13D: This isn’t a chemical or gross sales agent, it’s a sleuth or a spy on a case: An OPERATIVE. If it’s a very fascinating case, or some spectacular bust goes down, there’s a great likelihood that there will probably be a NARRATIVE that options mentioned OPERATIVE.
41D: It’s been a decade since we’ve seen a PEASANT within the puzzle; it gave me a second’s pause after which despatched me to etymology resources. Plainly peasant and its equivalents (“paisan” has been an occasional entry lately) are nearly universally meant as insults, but it surely’s fairly contextual and I’m unsure it’s a loaded time period by itself.
My spouse, Bridget, often asks me to work her identify right into a puzzle. My rationale for not doing it’s that at seven letters lengthy, that’s quite a lot of grid actual property to present to a correct noun that may’t actually be clued in enjoyable methods; so it might inevitably get dinged by the enhancing workforce, particularly within the extra-selective world of themeless puzzles.
After which I am going and make this puzzle that features “Ernesto” and it’s revealed on her birthday.
Pleased birthday, E̶r̶n̶e̶s̶t̶o̶ Bridget!
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