Constructor: Clive Probert
Time: 7:24. When yer mostly thinking about shout-outs to OFL as ya solve (THIRTY SOMETHING…could be; FORTYNINER…fer sure), ya know yer in way deep. Lost to my better tushnet by a respectable 20 seconds or so.
CrossWorld buzz: Pretty good. I’ll take some cheaters and the resulting 38B for an open 70W grid and a decent if prosaic tennis theme. Like the implicit theme music of STAN (Smith) and RENE (Lacoste) and the explicit (in the puzz and in real life) SERENA. Agree w/ OFL in his direct way and w/ Anoa Bob in his indirect one about the plethora of ESE…lotta four letter ESE in this one. But ya know…a puzz drawn from only words and phrases used in real life sources, no matter how cool—say the King James Bible, a translated War and Peace, or Moby Dick—would I tell ya be dull as dishwater, and would prob have to break the rule against duping words to be decent technically. Maybe I’m wrong…maybe a “No ESE!” puzz constrained that way would be v. cool. Am now thinking it would be v. interesting for someone to do a few such puzzes…happy to collaborate but have too much on my plate to take a lead role on the ops. Anyone who decides to steal my idea and who makes a million from it, more power to ya…just remember MR in yr will.
CrossOver buzz: Good. As I noted in a post a while back on a Sunday puzz, I think tennis themes are good for one key group of real people. The six cheaters aren’t an issue for the peeps in the way they are in the properly fastidious domain of CrossWorld…this is a well above-average Wednesday grid for real people though not for CWers.