This one was a fun one to make. Eventually, when I have more spare time on my hands, I shall solicit more requests for other puzzlemakers to emulate (guestimated date: May 2011). Anyway, I think it's a safe bet that most people could mistake this one for a Dana Motley-esque puzzle. </tongueplantedfirmlyincheek>
While I'm thinking about it, huge kudos to Robert Jones, Caleb Madison, Eric LeVasseur and BEQ.com tech support team member Dave Sullivan for all the lovely answer suggestions I took while making this. I'll leave it up to the reader to decide which entry came from which person.
Oh, and what do we have here up above the blog post? Why yet another in what's turning out to be the popular reader-provided photo essay of BEQ.com fandom. Meet the "Reverend" Mike Lewis and his fellow puzzle-solvers-in-the-struggle. Mike writes: "This is the lunch group at Hudson High (Hudson, IA) working on your recent NYT puzzle. Kevin (dark hair and glasses) is our go-to guy for sports clues, Erin (long black hair) is our non-mainstream music expert, I (short hair and striped shirt) am the guy who gets to work the pencil." Right on, everybody. I count five unnamed folks in that picture, though. Not sure if they wish to remain anonymous, or are key role-players on the bench. Well, anyway, thanks for the snapshot. A communal "Diagramless" book is going out to those folks.
Share the puzzle. New one on Wednesday.