Saturday, July 21, 2018
Friday, July 20, 2018
Constructor's CommentsThis puzzle is based on what might be called a "shared letters" theme. The four long entries are familiar three-word phrases in which the last letter of the first two words is the same as the first letter of the following word, and these letters are "shared" in the grid. This may create some consternation on the part of solvers who might think there is an error in the grid . . . until they figure out the gimmick, which hopefully doesn't take too long. Once you've finished the grid, you may notice that if you read the phrases, they seem perfectly normal. Or not.
Editor's CommentsThey say sharing is caring, though Mark found an ingenious way to turn sharing into a fiendish Friday theme! Finding four in-the-language three-word phrases with double letters at each word break can't have been easy to do. And just overall, I love the quirkiness and originality of the theme. In the fill, you'll notice that there are no long nonthematic downs. I think that was a good choice on Mark's part, since having long nonthematic downs mixed in with the long down theme entries might have been confusing. Focusing more on midlength slots also allowed Mark to keep the fill extra-smooth.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Constructor's CommentsI had some trouble incorporating the PRISM reveal into the bottom section of the grid without having a ripple effect disrupt the last theme entry, one that I was finding difficult to replace.
David suggested using PRISM as the puzzle's title in order to keep the current theme entries intact, saving me substantial rework.
Editor's CommentsThis puzzle's title is the key to understanding its theme: The word prism can be reparsed as "PR is M." Tricky! In addition to finding four amusing theme entries, George mixed in six (!) long downs to spice things up. I especially like TIM DUNCAN, DOT MATRIX, and LOOSE ENDS.
UNCLE ALBERT was a new one for this millennial, but after doing some research, I came to the conclusion that many solvers would know it. After all, the song Uncle Albert is from hit #1 in the '70s, and his name is in both the lyrics and the title. These are just some of the factors that go into my "Is this entry familiar enough?" decisions.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Constructor's CommentsMy inspiration for this grid was a sign on the wall at a Jewish deli—an award-winning deli at that:
Quoting Philadelphia Magazine, "Sure, they've got the best Jewish deli sandwiches and free pickle bowl around. And don't miss the humongous crinkle-cut steak fries. But what cinches the deal are the free-with-an-eat-in-lunch fresh chocolate chip cookies. . . . " I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. But I digress.
I originally had K WORDS as the revealer. David suggested using KOSHER instead, a big improvement. DELI MENU was thrown into the mix—also by David. Then, I put them in KOSHER DELI MENU order and finished filling the grid.
I had a lot of fun working with David on this one. Hope you had just as much fun solving it. And don't forget to stop by a deli near you to try each of these (you may have to make more than one trip). Mmm.