Monday, June 8, 2015
New York Times solution (June 6, 2015)
I solved the first New York Times Puns & Anagrams by Mark Diehl today. It is certainly true to the type as Deb Amlen noted, and both Will Shortz (NYT puzzle editor) and Mel Taub (longtime P&A constructor) should be pleased. However, I didn’t think this was a particularly smooth solve. A few bits were jarring, and while I eventually figured out all the clues, I found a few of them ambiguous. The key to a good P&A clue is that there should be logic to decoding the type of clue and not guesswork.