NYT Mini for Saturday, April 9, 2016

Constructor: Joel Fagliano

Relative Difficulty: Medium

Theme: None

Word of the Day: NIXON

Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, CA, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. Nixon’s product range has grown to include select softgoods, leather goods, custom audio products and more. (www.nixon.com)

Does it stink? Yes, it stinks. Though probably less than about 80% of the puzzles out there, I guess.

 Much preferred Adobe

Much preferred Adobe

PDFS just irritates me, because it reminds me of how much I hate Adobe and their stupid proprietary file format that should have been genericized ages ago [1A: Adobe Acrobat files]. I don't understand, nor am I willing to understand, why this is so difficult. All I know is every time I have to use the format I end up being required to sign over another of my unborn children to Adobe to get it to freaking work. All I have for that company is PURE disdain [8A: Unadulterated].

 I know what  this  UP is for

I know what this UP is for

FIX UP is the kind of horrible, tortured language I never want to see in print, let alone in a crossword [3D: Mend]. Just tell me, precisely what additional information is conveyed by the preposition in that phrase? Let's not kid ourselves because we both know the answer is absolutely none. When you mend something, you're not fixing it UP; you're just fixing it. What does 'up' even mean in that context?? Utterly ridiculous.

Hmm, let's see, what other venom can I SPEW in regards to this puzzle [9A: Gush forth]? I have kind of a soft spot for NIXON, so he's no help [6A: Watergate president]ERIC [5A: Garner, subject of police brutality protests] is depressing enough, if 'topical', I guess. I actually kinda like PEN [1D: Something you can't complete the S.A.T. in] Since I'm like a million years old now, it's been a while since I've actually taken the S.A.T. so I had to think about this for a moment. But I got it eventually, because I know the SCORE [Bit of SportsCenter news]. It's 1590.

Signed, Jonathan Gibson, stupid proprietary author of CrossWorld