|The Persistence of Memory|
That’s not to say this was an especially easy puzzle. The thing that struck me about this one was how consistent it was. No crosswordese or bits of dodgy last-quadrant fill you need to check on Google, no tritely obvious clues, and just enough challenge in most of to make you tick through the definition and intersecting letters to make sure you have the right answer.
Link to puzzle: http://www.thenation.com/article/176013/puzzle-no-3293
Degree of difficulty (by standards of this weekly puzzle): easy to moderate, the whole way through. Worked it right from top to bottom.
Hozom’s comment: “Grammatical Strictures,” in which Hot and Trazom teach us how the rules of grammar both govern the construction of clues and provide opportunities to introduce some misdirection. Solvers, especially those who are fairly new to cryptics, should pay considerable attention to this post; it is worth its pixels’ weight in gold. Keep those points in mind, completely parse out all the answers of a few well-constructed puzzles (like we do with the solutions here), and pretty soon you’ll find your solving skills improving.
Back Monday with the solution. Join us as always this weekend for Sunday brunch, and l’shana tova to all our Jewish readers.