With the consolidation of the Star Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser some things had to go to remake the two newspapers into the Star-Advertiser. The more popular Advertiser had the Tribune crossword and the Star Bulletin had the New York Times crosswords.
The Chicago Tribune used to carry both. We could only complete the Trib (all week) and maybe the Monday or Tuesday of the New York Times. Forget the rest of the week! Sheesh! Who the heck does those New York Times puzzles after Tuesday?
OK fine, sometimes I don't even look at it after Monday! What can I say? I don't have my PhD.
Anyway, imagine our disappointment to see that the Star-Advertiser decided to print only a GIGANTIC version of the New York Times crossword. As if making it bigger would make it easier!?!
I'm glad to see we weren't the only unhappy crossword campers. After a week, they are now printing a smaller version of both just like the Chicago Tribune.
So then? Are the New Yorkers just smarter than the rest of us? Is there anybody out there who can actually finish the Friday New York Times puzzle?
Ummmm... Now then... I wonder if they'd be willing to make the Tribune puzzle just a little bit bigger for me?
And another thing: After four phone calls, talking to a live person, leaving an e-mail with the circulation director, yada yada yada, we're still getting two newspapers (We used to subscribe to both). But you know what? I don't care. They say we're not being charged for it and now there's no fighting over who hogs the paper.
Heeey... maybe we can have a race to see who finishes the Crosswords first? I'll do the Tribune. He can do the New York Times.
DOGGONE IT!: Something is wrong with the Tribune puzzle! Some of the clues are not there and it's harder than the NYT puzzle this morning. What the heck! Granted it is Monday so the NYT is at its easiest level. Still... craaazy!