Author: Alex Eaton-Salners
Time Allotment: 15 minutes
Time Left: 7 minutes (+175)
Errors: 1 (-25)
Correct Words: 76/78 (+760)
Final Score: 910
Another chapter in the 'you shouldn't allow a cross of two obscure trivia facts' saga. GIL/ENGEL, really?
I can't really complain though as the theme was a huge time saver. Once I saw YEAST in HAPPYEASTER and MALT in ANIMALTRAINER I had a pretty good sense of what was going on. That led me to fill in SHOP for 16A (had never heard of OTHO, originally had NERO) and IOWA.
There did seem to be a lot of obscure fill (MORIA, GIL), but the originality of the fill on a Tuesday no less was a joy. Bonus points for BLOVIATE which is an A+ word, as is KAPUT.