Author: Allan E. Parrish
Paper or computer: paper
Solving time: 7:03
Overall difficulty: medium (for a Tuesday)
Main problem: some vocabulary woes (on a Tuesday!)
5 problem fills: RAHAL, ORONO, COATI, HOSEA, CAVS
Nice Tuesday puzzle. Little harder than I expected, but not too much so. My time's just about half a minute over yesterday's (admittedly somewhat high) time. So I'm pretty pleased. Most of my problems here came from not knowing a couple of words. The extreme NE corner tripped me up for about a minute... blanked on ANNAL and LOEWE. Know i've seen RAHAL and ORONO before but neither was coming to me here. So I was stumped until I realized I'd skipped over the clue for ARI, which I knew. Having ARI and HOLYCROSS unlocked things for me, and things got better.
Speaking of HOLYCROSS-- how nice to see that on the grid! I just graduated from another school in Worcester, MA (there are something like seven, total) so this was a gimme. Have played rugby against HOLYCROSS a couple of times and know many people who've gone there or taken classes at it through the Worcester Consortium.
Anyway, less nostalgia and more puzzle... the geek in me liked seeing Fiber OPTIC cable mentioned. Enjoyed prosciutto translated simply to HAM. Also liked seeing APLOMB here since I often think of it while solving and it's basically never right.
Not much that's stinky here. TRIPLESPACE is kind of awkward... it's legit sounding, but I've never heard of anyone TRIPLESPACING on purpose. Couple of bad old friends showing up in here... we've got ELOI, TEC, ARGO, ALA, etc. Still, not a lot to complain about.
Heading in to work (relatively) early today and have some stuff that needs doing before then. I'll be back to do this fill (which includes at least two things I should've learned before) before I leave if time allows; else I'll get to it sometime this evening.