Melinda Gates! I'm a big fan of what she and the Mr. have done with their wealth — hard to think of other individuals who've done more for the world. Not all of the Gates Foundation's projects have been successful, but I like that they learn through their experimentation and failures. And several have hit it big, making a huge difference in the developing world. Inspiring!
Makes me think about getting back into biotech/pharma development sometime in the future. Why am I wasting my time writing crosswords?!
Nice concept, phrases starting with a single letter, having that letter doubled for kooky results. EE READER was my favorite, as ee cummings is a fascinating figure. And I love me some JJ Abrams — his reboot of the "Star Trek" movie franchise was amazing!
I felt like some of the themers were a stretch, though. JJ CREW should be JJ's CREW, yeah? BB COMPLEX felt similarly strained.
XX FACTOR made me a little uncomfortable. Several people pointed out a problem in one of my puzzles, that chromosomes don't necessarily define gender. I felt terrible that my assumption hurt some solvers' feelings, and I worry about the same happening today, given that the clue only mentioned women and girls.
Super solid grid, not a surprise given Joel's involvement. I love how he pushes the envelope, taking out black squares in the NW and SE in order to give us OIL GAUGE and RADAR GUN; same in the remaining corners, with JM BARRIE and BLUE ROAN. Given that this is a Wednesday puzzle, having a more (BB) complex grid feels fitting.
BOOOOOO on the clue for BRIDGE! BOOOOOO to the NYT for eliminating the awesome BRIDGE column, says this BRIDGE fanatic!
Grumble grumble. Fine, it's mostly for old people, grumble.
Nice concept, excellent gridwork. I wish the theme had tied to Melinda's work at the Gates Foundation, though. It's always neat when the puzzle is intertwined to the celeb.