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Walden, NYT, Sat Apr 21st [Apr. 27th, 2007|01:48 am]
Crosswords Without Pity

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Finally got around to doing last Saturday's NYT puzzle, the one that took everyone twice as long as the typical Saturday. I don't really know how long it took, since I was on an airplane and fell asleep during takeoff, but I do want to note:

OK, a few dubious entries--not so sure about TEEN CROWD (perhaps "the teen crowd", yes, but on its own it sounds stilted to me) or MORTAL FOES. And some of the cluing was weird--"Began drawing" for ENTICED, as opposed to, say, "Drew"? And I think IN LINE FOR is "due for", not "due".

But what really irritated me was "Chronic fatigue syndrome, informally" for YUPPIE FLU. "Informally"? How about "dismissively and derogatorily"? (To say nothing of "inaccurately"; the demographic of the disease is in no way centered on middle-to-upper-class people.) I'm trying to imagine "Mentally disabled, informally" for RETARDED or "Suffering from depression, informally" for MOPING AROUND.

For shame, Byron; for shame, Will.
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From: douglasbass
2007-05-30 10:03 pm (UTC)

Crossword Blog Custom Search Engine

Sorry for the off-topic comment, but I didn't know how to reach you otherwise. I'm writing to announce a Google custom search engine, which searches a number of crossword blogs, including Crosswords Without Pity. You can find it here...

http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=008664703539643247859%3Ambmdmwk8voa&hl=en

I hope you will find it useful, and publicize it

Best wishes,
Douglas Bass
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