Author: Mike Knobler
Time Allotment: 25 minutes
Time Left: 6 minutes (+150)
Errors: 1 (-25)
Correct Words: 75 (+750, 75 out of 77)
Final Score: 875
Another day another single-error puzzle. I didn't feel super confident about this puzzle, and the error was the last letter I placed (was honestly surprised there was only one mistake). Honestly, I have never heard of TOTS UP (and I had heard of TOPS UP), but wasn't sure enough about the STELE/SPELE to swing me.
I loved the theme. I realized early on that something was going on here (well, duh Virginia), but even when I had NEXTINLINE (for NEXTPLEASE, I eventually found the error in my ways), I stared at the keyboard for a solid 10 seconds trying to understand the 'line' component. The next key over? the row above? No dum dum, just the next letter in the alphabet. My favorite non-themed clue was YACHT (I was expecting something low/non fat related).
Overall a great puzzle and was very happy I finished with some time to spare. I swear I'll get you soon, perfect puzzle!