The New York Times crossword puzzles increase in difficulty through the week-- Monday is easiest, Saturday the hardest. Sunday puzzles are in a separate class, often including wordplay or a gimmick, and usually regarded has having 'Thursday difficulty level.' The puzzles come out at 10 p.m. EDST the night before.
Today was Saturday......
This pitiful document shows signs of a struggle. After doing well in the SE, I hit a stone wall and decided to sleep on it. Comes the dawn (5:30ish)....I continue to slog...slog....finally used Google, which means an automatic Fail.
Ultimately, the NW just Would Not sort itself out.
Too many wrong entries across. Here's a close-up of the carnage:
Might not look so grim if I didn't use ink to solve, but if this had been in pencil, the eraser would have worn holes in the paper.
Ah, well. Tomorrow is another day.
Or so I hear.