Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I really didn't care much for Alan Arbesfeld's "New York Minute". It's what most people call a rebus puzzle, but I call a cram-a-lot-of-letters-into-one-box puzzle, because a rebus is (according to the American Heritage Dictionary): A representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols, often presented as a puzzle, and since there is no picture or symbol that I know of for "week" or "hour" it's not a rebus. (I know I'm in the minority on this opinion, but that's never stopped me before, I'm in the minority in most of my opinions.)
And if you think that's nitpicky, here's my main beef with this puzzle. We've got WEEK up there in the upper lefthand square, DAY in the upper right, HOUR in the lower right -- so what's going to be in the lower left -- well, since our time measurements are getting smaller I'm thinking it's got to be MINUTE or SECOND but no, we go from WEEK to DAY to HOUR to YEAR. That makes no sense. I guess the time-marches-on thing could work if we started at the lower left and went from YEAR to WEEK to DAY to HOUR, but who starts a puzzle at square #63?
And even though I should have known there was no such thing as a minute-end clearance sale, you can tell by all the erasures that I'd never heard of COMMON YEAR (38D: 1999, e.g.) and I had trouble with 48A: OR FIGURES I figured those figures were either RNs or DRs, but they were MDs. Took me a long time to figure out 49D: Dog "house" (BUN) referred to hot dogs, and i think you're stretching it past the breaking point calling a hot dog bun a dog house.
Oh well, some days are like that. You just appreciate the good clues and hope things will go better for you tomorrow.
I did like 45D: They're the pits (STONES) and 2D: Country singer Morgan (LORRIE) because Lorrie Morgan is a great country singer and she does "Evening up the Odds" which is my wife's and my song.