Off to Turkey tomorrow for a week for a job exec ed trip. Hoping to see some Bronze Age relics in Cappadocia along with newer stuff in Istanbul.
I liked BRONZE SKIN, HEART OF GOLD, BUNS OF STEEL, and CHROME DOME.
Aha...just realized now that IRON FIST and LEADFOOT are also part of the theme. So now I'm impressed by thematic density.
Liked IM SO DEAD and FLYING CAR. Liked the cross in the middle combo of OTTAWAN, SARA LEE, AWKWARD, and AT LARGE.
Liked the shorter fill overall. Especially liked the gently clued SOFT C. Not sure I agree with "long distance letters" for ATT, but am ok w/ one of America's most famous companies getting squeezed into the puzzle rather than having it kept out except for gimmick puzzles with ampersands. What would you cross AT&T with? B&O Railroad, maybe? Possible theme alert...
The grid is A-OK for a basic 78.
Nice puzzle. Thank you, Jim Peredo. Now the wait for Rex and the commenters...
Good Rexian mix of criticizing the puzzle's limitations along w/ his own and combining the criticism w/ praise. Nice to see Jim's initial clues. They would have made the theme ultra-tight and made BRONZE SKIN less of a GREEN PAINT answer. But I prefer the looser version of the theme w/ Will's clues--there's enough show and tell w/ the Monday-level cluing.