Author: Nate Cardin
Time Allotment: 25 minutes
Time Left: 16 minutes (+400)
Errors: 0 (+150)
Correct Words: 78 (+780, 78 out of 78)
Final Score: 1330
WOO HOOO! A symbol puzzle!! #Amazing. I get such a kick out of puzzles that have rebuses or numbers or symbols, they're so fun. That said, it did feel a bit easy for a Thursday (usually they kick my butt), I don't think my training has paid off THAT much.
For footholds I began in the upper middle with MAAM and then MANCALA, which was a wonderful blast from the pat. SMEE and AMTS followed and then I moved through the left and down with ASANAS, MADLIB, and ACROBATS. But it was the middle left that revealed there was a theme, I had wanted DEEPS to be DEPTHS, but 48A confirmed the 'SPACE' play. I thought the theme was great (am I too positive???) - I very much appreciated 'HASH' wasn't used in any of the answers themselves, and #CRUNCHER, #CAKE, and #SHOOTERS all felt fresh and led to some other great fill, like CHAKA, DOODAH, and ADAMN.