Author: Zhouqin Burnikel
Time Allotment: 45 minutes
Time Left: 8 minutes (+200)
Errors: 0 (+150)
Correct Words: 140/140 (+1400)
Final Score: 1750
So after yesterday I was not feeling super confident heading into Sunday, but here we are! I do have to admit that I just had to check Rex's blog to figure out what the heck was going on w the theme (I could not spell out DEAR JOHN for the life of me). But now that I know what is I am here for it.
Start got off a bit slowly (didn't get ELMISTI until the end), but found a good foothold in OIXIDES/NINES/TIKIS area which then extended to the left. I had the most pause in the upper right - I kept wanting box CEDAR which led to TADA instead of BARE, and then no idea what ABODE and CUREL were supposed to be. Also, wth is a BUGBEAR??? But DEERE and ORGAN eventually came to me and the letters seemed logical enough to move on.
As for favorite clues, love a good Nobu reference and MOLESKINE's was nice, but aside from that clues felt a little meh. Seems like all of the energy went into the theme, which now that I actually understand it, and deservedly so.