What a boring NYT puzzle. Kidding! I seem to have found it easier than others. It helped that I filled in the first theme entry off of the first two letters. (Actually, entered COMMERCIAL, which didn't fit, before ADVERTISEMENT.) The only oddity was APHIS. Related to APHID? I bet the real bloggers will tell me.
But I do want to get into Doug Peterson's Sun puzzle, because it beat me up, and because he might read this. Here's why it took me much longer than a typical Wednesday:
- Trouble figuring out the theme... I got the addition of "BR" but wasn't prepared for changes in spelling, for some reason. The best themer, of course, is BREWS AND BRAS, but I had BREAST in there to start, which is the first thing that comes to mind when I think "Girls Gone Wild".
- Thorniness in the NW, where I knew RAN/ATAB but didn't believe it because it didn't seem to be working. ROCK radio and the CASH part of CASHBAR weren't happening.
- For some reason I thought BRANDO and not SHARIF played Che Guevara. My excuse is that Brando was in Viva Zapata!
- NISHAPUR? Nope. Every letter from crosses.
- Rough clues included those for BIO, GENIE, and ST. BEDE (of whom I've never heard). And leave it to Peter to clue WIZ as if it were WHIZ...
I enjoyed SID, the Science Kid, and BOBBY ORR's full name. Nicely done as always, Doug, and we'll look forward to your next publication, probably tomorrow or Friday.