Author: Will Nediger
Time Allotment: 45 minutes
Time Left: 0 minutes (+0)
Errors: 42 (+0)
Correct Words: 108/134 (+1080)
Final Score: 1080
If you thought, 'man, V is getting a little cocky with her crossword solving and could use a reality check,' then this puzzle was for you. YOU'RE WELCOME. It was definitely a kick in the pants. That said, I eventually finished the puzzle, but total solve time was probably in the 1:20 hour range. Not pretty.
The biggest challenge for me wasn't a foothold, I was able to find that early on in the bottom right, it was the whole middle section. You would think REINFORCEMENT would've fallen in to place with REIN___CEMENT but you would be wrong. The DUFFY/DEMME cross also irked me, seems a bit obscure (I'm sure my father would say otherwise), and honestly I have never heard of an ARMLET although I'm admittedly not a jewelry person.
The upper left though is completely my fault. I had committed too strongly to HOWL so could not see WAIL, but even with that ARMANI SUIT should have been obvious, although I found the cluing very confusing.
Overall thought, it was great to be able to spend over an hour on a puzzle!