Chronicle of Higher Education Review : “United Nations” (2017-09-15)

CHE-20170915-United Nations
Constructed By: Gordon Johnson
Edited By: Brad Wilber
Source: CHE Website.

We have a note with this one: Constructor Gordon Johnson has worked for the United Nations for almost 25 years and currently is based in Bangkok as the environment team leader for the UN Development Program in the Asia-Pacific region.

Theme: Common Ground
Each theme answer mates two countries together.

  • 17-A. [[A central Asian and an African find common ground]] – TAJIKISTANZANIA (Tajikistan and Tanzania)
  • 26-A. [[An African and a European find common ground]] – NIGERMANY (Niger and Germany)
  • 48-A. [[A Micronesian and a South American find common ground]] – NAURUGUAY (Nauru and Uruguay)
  • 62-A. [[Two Central Americans find common ground]] – NICARAGUATEMALA (Nicaragua and Guatemala)

Glenn’s Time: 30 minutes (paper).
Glenn’s Errors: 2 dumb errors.

(Quality) Rating: 3.0 stars/5 stars.
The Chronicle of Higher Education features a weekly puzzle throughout the fall and spring semesters and a biweekly puzzle throughout the summer semester. They often feature academic knowledge or technical topics to a greater degree than the average puzzle, and often are far more technically clued than the average puzzle. This is consistent with the target audience of the CHE – college administrators and professors. While these puzzles are often well constructed, the knowledge required will frustrate beginning or medium solvers. To that end, a degree of patience or a willingness to look up some things often required to fill in these puzzles.

This particular puzzle is an atypical example. We have a puzzle with a theme that’s been pretty shopworn over the years – to the point that a lot of this puzzle was deja-vu. And it was (Wall Street Journal, New York Times) – these are puzzles I found with these entries. As I don’t have access to a crossword catalog, I’m sure there’s many more with this theme – but many more answers. The fill leaves something to be desired as well.

Given that (again) I don’t know entirely how experienced this constructor is (He shows 2 NYT puzzles), I can’t say too much. But overall, this grid is a pretty serviceable one, although not too interesting in very many facets. My reaction to this is “Meh” on about every level.

Unfamiliar/Interesting Stuff To Me:

29-D. [Spiral-horned African antelope] – NYALA. This is a nyala.

59-D. [Like goji berry plants] – CANY. An adjective of the word CANE, like sugar cane.

In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts made or any suggestions on puzzles to look at or topics to handle. Until later!


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