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Author Topic: LAT Sat. 4/18 Scott Atkinson  (Read 2983 times)


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LAT Sat. 4/18 Scott Atkinson
« on: April 18, 2009, 11:30:05 AM »
An Xword without a theme is like a meal without carbs: it's a meal all right, but it's unsatisying.  I guess they all can't be gems, but this puzzle is more like paste.  For example:
  • "Unstoppable" for ONAROLL is not very good.  Someone on a roll is in fact stoppable; he just hasn't yet been stopped.
  • "Polar outburst" for BRR is also weak.  Brr is a sound suggesting cold; it is not an outburst, which is loud and demands attention.
  • And I would not cross DUGONGS with VULGARIA at the u's because they are two rare words.  Unless the aim is to make the puzzle difficult, it seems a bit unsporting.
  • I also did not like "1 for H, e.g." for ATNO because no one really uses that abbreviation.  The clue would better have been "___ time...."
:(On the plus side, "Common yuletide mail" for CATALOG and "'Gimme _____!'..." for ANO [better than the typical "year in Mexico"] are clever, and the grid is challenging to construct.    :)


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