Today's Sunday puzzle (answers) is by John Farmer who has become one of my favorite constructors. He has a unique style. I asked him how he thinks about crosswords, and here's what he said:
I got into the crossword habit relatively late, in my 40s, and most everything I learned was from reading comments of Hex and the Cru on the NYT forum, back when it was the only game in town. Like most things I like, I tried my hand at making puzzles and eventually figured out how to make them good enough to be accepted. Not always, but often enough. The tricky part of being a constructor is finding new ideas. I enjoy puzzles that are like nothing else I've seen before (e.g., the "inside the box" puzzle, a baseball-themed puzzle that ran in the Sun), but those themes don't come every day. Sometimes very simple themes work the best. And if the theme muse happens not to visit, I may take a few words I've been kicking around and use them for a themeless. In any case, every puzzle should be fresh in its own way.
Today's puzzle was also delightful. I got the theme right away and since the theme entries were listed in order, I could scribble them all down. PLUTO was, of course, relegated to a themeless clue. Poor wretched planetoid. FRUSTA ("truncated cones, in math") is a great word. There were a few nice mathy entries today.
The Vancouver Canucks have a history of stupid logos. The latest is shown above. It's better than either the skate racing downhill or the hockey stick in a rectangle that preceded it. The Canucks missed the playoffs this year, probably out of fashion embarrassment.
Update: be sure to read Mr. Farmer's thoughts in the comments section below.
Update 2: check out the JNotes on this puzzle for a description of how the print version makes this puzzle even more elegant by using shaded squares — a technique not available in Across Lite.