TUESDAY PUZZLE — Every now and then, a new architect comes roaring about the angle and shows us how to accomplish addle architecture attending effortless. Brian Thomas offers us a addle with a affair that ability not assume absolutely original, but abundant time has delayed back the aftermost one and Mr. Thomas’ affair is altered and tighter than the earlier one so that I could accord it a pass.
I’m animated I did. This is a absolutely nice admission that makes acceptable use of a simple affair and some appropriate fill.
What I admired about Mr. Thomas’ theme, beside the bland solve, is that it’s a adventure — and I adulation stories. That in itself helps the affair adhere together, and today we are watching an all-embracing car race. Once you get one affair access you can apparently assumption the blow of them; they’re old puns but put together, the affair apprehension up actuality fun.
As the chase starts at 19A, the car from Warsaw pulls into first, or POLE INTO FIRST. At 30A, you can apprehend the car from Moscow RUSSIAN PAST. I’ll let you ascertain who wins, and point you instead to the debuts of BONE MASS and SCRUNCHIE.
22A: An EREMITE is, indeed, a “Religious recluse,” but it seems like a boxy chat for a Tuesday. It could accept been TERMITE and we apparently would accept absent the crosswordese ADIN, but there’s annihilation amiss with acquirements a new word.
30D: Some aboriginal anniversary wordplay! “Steps up?” could be a verb clue, but not today. Today it’s a noun clue and the accomplish are the RUNGS of a ladder.