My time: 4:16.
Okay, confession time. I haven't been on vacation. I haven't had a particularly heavy schedule. I actually couldn't finish a puzzle since last Wednesday. I just found them... very, very hard. Too difficult for me to finish. I didn't even try Sunday's.
Today, Susan Gelfand gives us celebrity addition. It's a theme that is immediately understandable. I filled three out of the four without any hesitation, except, of course, the sports one.
"Actor Cameron + actor Fairbanks = actor" KIRK DOUGLAS, obviously. STEVE MARTIN is made form comedians Carell and Short, while JAMES TAYLOR is a composite of his fellow singers Brown and Swift.
Unfortunately, I haven't heard of basketball player BILL Walton, who came to fame in the UCLA Bruins, then played for the Trail Blazers and the Clippers. Nor have I heard of RUSSELL Westbrook, a seven-time All-Star who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. So I had to rely on crossfill to get BILL RUSSELL, a ten-year veteran of the Celtics.
As for the fill, it took me way too long to get SHIM ("leveling wedge").
I know what a BOX KITE is, but "flying toy that's open-ended" is a good clue.
This puzzle has both LUNK and HUNK ("object of an ogler").
Have you heard of relative of a snowboard MONOSKI? Me neither. At least I'm not familiar with that nomenclature.
Cuban dance RUMBA was last seen way, waaaayyy back on August 14.
Clever clues: "Where a mole shouldn't be" is CIA. "Frenzied way to go" is AMOK.
Good puzzle, fun and easy theme. I'd RATE it a 7 out of ten. Not the ACME of puzzle making, but nothing to JEER at either.
Monday, August 27, 2018
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