Constructor: Corey Rubin
Time: 29:18. Spent a couple minutes changing PASSAAS to POSEAAS. Not much fun w/ that or w/ the rest. Realized as I looked it over that the big squares spelled out LARGE PRINT. Ok. Beaten by a reasonable amount by my better tushnet and also by Ellen S...>>2x Rex I assume though our master was discreet about his time this morning.*
CrossWorld buzz: Not good. High variance...yep, it's a creative gimmick, and I got no prob w/ an editor or CWer who finds this puzz good on that basis. I'm sure the visual is cute in print even if it's anything but in the NYT app. Kind of a nitty solve, but we CWers can take that. My basic beef is that the gimmick is one that reduces rather than increases the trickiness of the construction. If ya compress four squares into one, yer makin' yer job easier. Yep, it's a neat idea, but it's also a shortcut. Just think of extending the gimmick from one letter = 4 to one letter = 9, 16, 25, and so on, all the way up to a puzz that's just one big letter "X." Reminds me of an unpublished 80s puzzle I did in which I doubled up answers like DOUBLE OR NOTHING across and down using CW symmetry. Yeah, it was kind of a cool idea, but it was also kind of a cheat by me as the constructor. Got a similar reaction to this one.**
CrossOver buzz: Average. The visual gimmick is just as nice as it is for CWers, and the constructing shortcut prob that could and should bother purist CWers ain't the same prob for real people.
*[Now I see OFL's time...missed it before...MR's time >4x Rex...OOF squared!...man it's great to be a dolt]
**[MetaRexa just returned a little while ago w/ the hard copy NYT...filled in the puzz just now, using red ink for the LARGE PRINT squares...wow, it is purty.]