Author: Amanda Chung and Karl Ni
Time Allotment: 15 minutes
Time Left: 9 minutes (+225)
Errors: 1 (-25)
Correct Words: 76 (+760, 76 out of 78)
Final Score: 960
Ugh. At the risk of being overdramatic, I had nightmares about this puzzle. You may notice the puzzle is *perfect* but the time left is only 6 minutes. WHY THEN did I say 9 minutes left and one error? Because when I entered in that last letter at 5:38, after I thought I had triple-checked everything, I got the dreaded 'Almost There!' message. I eventually found EST/LIS instead of EDT/LID, but had this been a paper competition I would have turned it in, error and all, with 9 minutes to spare, so I had to swallow my pride and count the L.
Flying Colors, HOW CUTE A THEME IS THAT? I'm surprised I've never seen it before and in addition to the wonderful 4 themed answers in this puzzle there are many more that come to mind - BLACK WIDOW, PURPLE PARROT, ORANGE BABY TRUMP, etc. Aside from the theme, I loved the 'American Eagle' clue for AERIE (as opposed to ... an 'american eagle' clue) and was really grateful to learn what a COMMANDO is. Two things I would love to see in future puzzles ... fewer ASDOI/ASAMI/METOO answers and a 'Cris Jostino' clue for CYBORG (girl's a beast!)
Here's to hoping I do a better job proofreading tomorrow!