Andrew Ries opens our Resolve Weekend.
FRIDAY PUZZLE - Even though I enjoyed it, it was difficult for me.
I'm a big fan of Andrew Ries 's puzzles - in addition to building for Hfrance.fr, Mr. Ries is also a talented and prolific independent builder - but this one seemed more difficult to me. isn't because it's a Friday puzzle. It's just because some of the clues didn't get me the answer, even taking into account the orientation errors. There have been a few instances where I looked at the entries even after they were filled out and still wasn't sure if I was right.
I'm not too proud to say that this could have been my own state of mind when I resolved. You may have gotten over that, and more power for you.
For the most part, however, it was a tough Friday puzzle that opened our eyes to start our weekend of solving. Mr. Ries had his work done. started with six entries, and even most of the entries that appeared before were animated.
1A. Nice mistake for the word" drafts "." Building with many currents of 'air' is not the one with holes in the walls or excellent ventilation; it is a building that has many kegs or barrels of beer. If there had been one more letter in this entry , I would have guessed "beer hall ", but the answer is BEER BAR. I am not a beer drinker, so this sentence was not the-language for me, but I will give in to the expertise of those who drink it.
14A. I have heard of angel food cake, but not ANGEL PIE. For me, a lemony dessert with meringue is lemon meringue pie, but it might be a regional name. Either way, it's delicious.
16A. TIL (Today I learned) that the word AREOLA has yet another definition, which is" the space between the ribs of uinsect wing ". Is there something AREOLA cannot do?
19A. At first I wanted the answer to "Female name that looks like two letters of the alphabet " to be "Elsie " (LC), but ENOS, 902, at 2D showed me that the answer was ESSIE (SC).
27A. The TRANS ICON expression makes its debut in the Hfrance.fr Crossword, based on Marsha P. Johnson . Ms Johnson was an American trans and gay rights activist, self-identified drag queen and a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. She died under mysterious circumstances in 1992 .
40A. Haven't seen this documentary film, so I almost had a really good dialogue to share between Joel Fagliano and I, but as usual the penny dropped right before I hit the "send" button in my email. DICK CHENEY makes his debut with his full name, and his clue tries to trick the solvers into thinking of the vice-principal of a school. It won't be that easy on a Friday. " 'Deputy Director? " Refers to the main character in "Vice.
46A. I thought WEIRD HUH would be a start for sure, but it 's not. Sam Ezersky launched it in 2020 . However, Mr. Ries gets a second year credit.
62A." Qu 'isn't working? "is a good question but, to paraphrase a schtick from" The Princess Bride ", that doesn't mean what you think it means. This clue is looking for a replacement for" What '? does "which means" does not work ". The answer is FREE TIME.
1D." Roll in the hay? " is a cute clue for BALE (which is rolled hay), but is the roll really in the hay? This stopped me briefly, although I knew what the answer would be.
9D. "Is this for more? " Seems like the hint is for more than anything, but what he is really asking is a word that describes "is " for more than one person. The answer is the plural ARE.
11D." Groupes from the 90s? ” don't ask solvers for their favorite 90s musical acts (Red Hot Chili Peppers). They ask for people whose academic average is in the 90s. These people would be on the ROLL OF HONOR.
15D. The "postmaster?" Looks like we're supposed to be thinking of the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service. But note that the clue separates "Post" and "master" into two different words. The capital P in "Post" is veiled and refers to the Washington Post, so the "master" would be the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF. I understand the pun, but I don't think of IEC as a 'master' so this one was another clue that didn't quite get me there.
28D. An offer that “might interest you less? is a REFI, short for “refinancing”. Hope you would have REFI because you were offered a lower interest rate on vour mortgage.
29D. I read this at first as a cooking clue, which was the intention. The problem I had with the clue was with the word "use". "Anyone who could use oils in a pan? " Are ART REVIEWS in this puzzle, and the "pan " is a bad review. But does the reviewer “use” oils? Oil paintings are part of art, so to say that the critic uses them seemed stretchy to me. It might be a little better if the clue referred to the paints themselves as "oils", but even then the word "use" just doesn't feel right to me. Maybe "Those who put oils in a pan? That clever hint" Is the cat great? " (a play about ketchup or ketchup), should read as "The way a cat says " Sup "? " That would be MEOW.
48D. In this pandemic, I think a lot of people might say that the" job that usually requires a face mask "should be" All, "but the builder - and maybe the puzzle editors - are playful . The answer is HEIST.
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