Author: Freddie Cheng
Time Allotment: 15 minutes
Time Left: 9 minutes (+225)
Errors: 2 (-50)
Correct Words: 76/78 (+760)
Final Score: 935
Look at me y'all, two days behind and STILL going back to write the blog post. So stinkin' proud of myself.
I'm not going to lie, the 'Almost there' message after I entered the last letter on this puzzle was a real bummer. I felt so good going in and finishing, with a good time to boot, that really stunk to not finish with a perfect fill. Should I should have asked myself 'wtf is a TESH CASE?' yes. Did I? Yes. Did I even think 'wow that really looks like TEST CASE which would make a helluva lot more sense', no I did not. And that simple review would have unearthed the DISH v. DIRT (no pun intended) problem. Oh well.
Overall I liked the fill. I kind of felt like the theme (ABSTRACT ART) was trying too hard - I didn't need those answers tied together, in fact I was perfectly happy with BLANK CANVAS and GOLD RING and all the others existing on their own. The reveal didn't actually do anything for me, nor did it help with any of the answers because it's ABSTRACT and honestly could've been anything.
Aside from the theme, I really enjoyed GAL/GADOT getting her own not one but TWO clues, and with REY making an appearance as well this puzzle had some nice woman power energy. I will say I'm a bit tired of ENNUI showing up in puzzles (along with ENO and ONO ... really? In the same puzzle?) But for a Tuesday this felt about average.