Jeff Chen notes: LOST DOGs, their owners listed as theme answers, and the DOGs hidden. Well, 'hidden,' since the clues for the owners points out exactly where to find them. Huh. Loved the DOROTHY GALE / TOTO pairing, and ... more
LOST DOGs, their owners listed as theme answers, and the DOGs hidden. Well, "hidden," since the clues for the owners points out exactly where to find them.
Loved the DOROTHY GALE / TOTO pairing, and a solid finding of TOTO within GO TO TOWN. Both the owner and dog easily recognizable. (I didn't know DOROTHY's last name was GALE, but it's so appropriate!)
I was a big "Garfield" fan as a kid – OKAY FINE I STILL AM! – so ODIE and JON ARBUCKLE came easily. I can see how ODIE would be esoteric for some solvers.
(BTW, if you haven't read "Garfield Minus Garfield," it's a surprisingly deep commentary on JON ARBUCKLE's life.)
Speaking of esoteric, NANA? THE DARLINGS? Apparently they're the family from ... "The Andy Griffith Show"? I pride myself on old-time sitcom knowledge (I know, sad), but NANA wasn't something I knew (even sadder).
Wait! Wikipedia, why dost thou lead me astray! Apparently the children in "Peter Pan" were also "The Darlings."
They had a dog?
ASTA was familiar since it's one of those common bits of crossword glue. As a theme answer, though … it might do more for an older generation of solvers, fans of NICK AND NORA and "The Thin Man."
XS AND YS? Have I ever heard XS AND YS in any math class … maybe? Something like YEARS AND YEARS might have been better.
With so much theme material, not a surprise to need some crossword glue to hold the puzzle together. I didn't mind most of it, the minor MIS, PEI, ORD stuff.
But not so good to have SSR and UKR – with UKR clued using USSR! Yikes.
I hate hate hate finishing with an error — BANNS (?) crossing NEAR YOU ... I couldn't force myself to believe that BANNS was a thing, so BANDS it was. DEAR YOU could be a song title, right?
I do crosswords for that elation of eventually beating the puzzle. So disappointing to fail like this.
Overall, a fun idea. But I wish there had been more familiar dogs – maybe open it up to cats too, to help with that? – and smoother execution.
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