|“Covenant” by Alexander Lieberman, 1974|
Say what you will about the basketball team or some of the sculptures on campus, but the University of Pennsylvania has good taste in paper. Nice and thick (which helps with erasures), with a laid finish that slows down your pencil a little and makes the lines a little more bold. Better yet, it’s white rather than the beige color they used while I was in grad school (a change to our mail code system left me with a ream of that paper a long time ago). Ideal for printing out puzzles on.
Find some of your favorite paper and print out the latest puzzle from The Nation.
Link to puzzle: http://www.thenation.com/article/180482/puzzle-no-3330
Degree of difficulty (by standard of this weekly puzzle): hard. I got off to a quick start but then ran into some less obvious clues.
Hozom’s comment: “States of Play,” in which Hot and Trazom appreciate the 50 states and how they find their way into cryptic clues. One bit they didn’t mention is that some of those abbreviations are sources for convenient consonants like NY or MS or SD.
Weekly cluing challenge (at Word Salad): WYOMING
Back soon with a early long weekend edition of Sunday brunch.