My time: 5:59.
I missed the whole weekend and Monday due to family activities, but I'm back on the train, just as a non-daily commuter. Anyway, Andrew Zhou created this quite fun puzzle for the vernal equinox, which is one of the year's SEASON OPENERS (a sports term, used here as a literal definition of the first day of a season). If you read the theme answers with a bit of slur and think phonetically, they "say" the names of the four seasons: SPRINKLER HEAD for spring, SOMERSAULTED for summer, OTTOMAN EMPIRE for autumn, and WIND TURBINES for winter.
Some good fill outside of the theme, like THREE-RING BINDER, GOLD STARS, and STUNT SHOW.
SHEA stadium makes an appearance, noted as being RAZED in 2008 (and, as I know from previous entries, sort-of replaced with Arthur Ashe Park).
I have never heard of op-ed writer ROSS Douthat. He is a somewhat palatable conservative and has a name that is conducive to ordering him around.
"Pitch-perfect?" is NO-HIT. Ha, that's a baseball pun.
EDINBORO University is a school in the city of the same name in western Pennsylvania. Its mascot is the Fighting Scot! Och aye!
STE.-Foy is a former city in Quebec, now amalgamated into Quebec City. It is pretty nondescript.
Here's another question about SUMO. The name of a sumo ring is dohyo. This is a ring 4.55 meters in diameter.
"Tulsa sch." is ORU, for Oral Roberts University. This came up with the place name as the answer on November 19, 2017.
Good GAWD almighty, I did this puzzle pretty quick. And now OWL be going.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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