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NYT: Monday July 16 2018

July 17, 2018

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Author: Erik Agard

Date: 7/16/2018

Day: Monday

Theme: Yes

Rebus: None

 

Scoring

Time Allotment: 15 minutes

Time Left: 10 minutes (+250)

Errors: 0 (+150)

Correct Words: 78 (+780, 78 out of 78)

Final Score: 1180

 

 

'SWAG surfin' strikes again and I should have immediately known it was an ea puzzle. Who else puts POOP and NOBEL next to each other? Or has COME CORRECT in a puzzle at all? Genius.

 

Felt great to start off the week with an error-free, sub-five minute solve time always love a gimme when going into the work week. I know I sound ageist (read: I may be ageist) when it comes to kvetching about the amount of answers related to trivia 'before my time', but it is so gosh darn refreshing to have clues with NEYO and SELFCARE and ATSIGN. Of course I expect to encounter trivia I don't know, but it does feel like a little nod from the constructor when modern phrases are thrown in (spoiler alert: If I ever successfully get into constructing, expect an abundance of Lorde, A$AP Ferg, and Mr. Robot references) 

 

But as for the puzzle itself, I loved the 'almost bust not quite' COCO themes like CCS and COO and CORONET. It made the entire puzzle seem very tight and on brand. I loved ROOFTOPBAR's, and the FRAME/PIC and EERIE/UNFAMILIAR placement was just lovely. (Expecting to see a DELLEDONNE clue soon in celebration of her passing the 3k point mark!)

 

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