|NY Sun crossword, 8/18
||[Sep. 30th, 2006|05:34 pm]
Crosswords Without Pity
As an antidote, I've been doing some old New York Sun crosswords I'd missed, and wow, it's nice to have good crosswords. But a gripe about the 8/18 puzzle:|
"Like some French consonants" = NASAL is a terrible clue. Indeed, some French consonants are nasal. So are some English consonants, some Japanese consonants, some Hawai'ian consonants, some consonants in nearly every other language on Earth; and indeed, some consonants. This is like clueing WHITE as "Like some French wines", or HOT as "Like some French summers".
Now, some French vowels are nasal, and that's a more notable fact about the French language. I think the editor utterly fell down on the job on this one.
(On the other hand, "He might have described himself as a coated knowledge professor" is brilliant.)