A curate’s egg in terms of difficulty, with more hard than not, but that in the end I was happy to nibble on, probably only because I managed to finish with no errors.
After 1ac went straight in, I should have noticed that the setter was toying with me.
I would guess that anybody getting the 1s, 4ac, and 23dn immediately, then relying on checkers to speed things along as I did, will have found this on the gentler side.
An early SNITCH rating of 93.
A clever and enjoyable puzzle – and chewy enough.
I’ll make a pre-SNITCH guess of about 130, or pretty hard.
I found this a slog – not really awake enough to appreciate the artful clueing.
A mixed bag of clues, continuing the generally easier-than-average theme of the week.
A gently challenging puzzle – no gimmie, but nothing outrageous.