looking for bad fill! all themeless fifteen! all themeless fifteen! how’d he get it so clean! solve here.
beautiful 68-word offering this week. it’s a wide-open grid, and where are the bad entries? partial IN SO, never-see-it-in-real-life TEC & ETNAS, a bit of SSE and EST – really nothing for me to complain about here. (which, dammit, i love complaining! give me something to work with, king!)
in fact, this puzzle won me over right from square one, literally: acting great rachel MCADAMS and MADDIE of maddie & tae, one of my favorite country groups. (banger! banger! slow banger!) also enjoyed seeing KING JAMES right down the middle – especially since this puzzle was published hours before lebron won the chip and the mvp. he knew!
no idea on the marquee entries, DO IT ROCKAPELLA and CARMEN SANDIEGO, but i imagine they were well received. there is definitely both a carmen sandiego board game and a carmen sandiego educational computer game somewhere in my childhood home, so i don’t know why this was a blind spot for me.
new meta suite coming next week. what a time. thanks for the puzzles, CK!