If you're not tomthedog, this post will likely be of little interest to you, but HaloScan wouldn't let me post it as a comment in his other journal. I could have posted in as comment in his LiveJournal, I suppose, but this way, if anyone other than him is interested, they'll be able to read them. Anyway, the rejected comment:
Here are a few reviews of Merv Griifin's Crosswords from people in the puzzling community:
Hinman and Payne are both constructors and three-time American Crossword Puzzle Tournament champions; Reynaldo won the B division in 2005 and placed in the top twenty of the A division the next two years.
My feelings: I agree that puzzles edited by Timothy Parker are often poorly clued, but most of the examples Hinman cited didn't particularly bother me; and yes, OBOLS is a terrible fill word.
Actually, while I'm on the subject, I may as well point out that Thursday's puzzle in the New York Times was outstanding. It was a fresh spin on a tired theme, with a gimmick I've only rarely seen. ( Collapse )