SPOILER WARNING: Don't read any further until you've done today's New York Sun Crossword Puzzle. New York Sun puzzles are every bit as good as the more well-known New York Times, and they're indisputably better in one way -- they're free. You can download this puzzle and join in on the fun here. (Admittedly, today's puzzle is more fun if you are an expert in tennis and Belgian jazz.)
Django Reinhardt? Come on, give me a BREAK (31D: Eightball starter) Django Reinhardt? Am I supposed to know who this guy is? I don't think I'm too PICKY (44A: Captious), but I am not a BERET (22A: Soft Cap) wearing hipster SOBIG (34D: Pulitzer-winning novel of 1924) into jazz music that its history flows through my VEINS (26D: Ways to the heart). If you ask me if Django Reinhardt is good crossword fill I would have to SAYNO (50D: Decline
All right, I'm a little TAMER (11D: Chair person?) NOW (59D: Currently.) Maybe it's me. Maybe Bojangles Reinhardt is someone every AVERAGE (25A: Mean) crossword solver should know. After all, he was probably the most famous Belgian jazz guitarist ever and he probably would still be even if there were any other Belgian jazz guitarists. He wrote such timeless classics as "Djangology" and "Nuages." And according to Wikipedia, the 2002 video game Mafia used many of his songs on the soundtrack. Why he's even mentioned in the Captain and Tenille classic "Muskrat Love!" So obviously even a NEOPHYTE (65A: TYRO) should know who this immortal titan of music.
But what about the fact that he intersects with Goran Simun IVANISEVIC? A man with more umlauts and tildes in his name than in many Slavic dictionaries. A tennis player who once -- back in 1994 -- was ranked number 2 in the world and is famous now -- if at all -- mostly for his temper tantrums.
There were a lot of things I liked in this puzzle -- all the X's in the Northwest, 27D's ADDLEPATED (what a great word!) -- but Jingles and the Croatian John McEnroe (and that damn Aral-Ural thing at 2D) have left a bad taste in my mouth.