Constructor: Michael Weisenfeld
Time: 19:39. Why, just yesterday we had our kerfuffle about shout-outs...and today?!...well, I'll just say I didn't have any trouble getting WAYNE... MetaMom wanted to name baby MR Elrod and MetaDad wanted Buddy...a confusion of NICKNAMES and HANDLES resulted. Had Patsy Cline hangin' out at the ROXY; that along w/ my desire for Colombian cowboys to be VAQUEROS and my guilty knowledge that RILLE has appeared in CWs created a pretty messed up scene in the NW. Slipped my way into BANANA CREAM by thinking about the lemon chiffon pies that MetaMom used to make for little MR, and then PINE yielded for a pleasant finale; the other sections were kinda smooth by MRian standards. Beat my better tushnet by a coupla minutes for a satisfying finish to the week.
CrossWorld buzz: Pretty good. The 11 x 3s are all ok to nice...like DAILY MIRROR, OKSANA BAIUL, and SILVER STATE the best. 70 words and 30 black...goodo. Kinda don't like the little 3 x 3 boxes that appear here in the NE and SW in general and in the end of the wk puzzes in particular...am also not crazy about all the blocky fives in the middle. Not big stuff...this puzz is fine...just doesn't rock my world either w/ an implicit theme or w/ the grid....am v. persuadable that I'm wrong in my reax to this one.
CrossOver buzz. Good. This is a fair and square hard puzz. Casual solvers will not be and should not be bothered by the grid design issues that curb my enthusiasm.