Default with Spaces: 140122
NOTES: Ravishly blogger Nikki Gloudeman posted an article this week about the sexism in crosswords. She begins by describing a recent Liz Gorski New York Times puzzle in which Will Shortz replaced the original grid entry DELPY with DELTA. From this casual dismissal of an Oscar-nominated actress, Gloudeman launches into a discussion of the causes and consequences of gender disparity among puzzle constructors and editors. I enjoyed the article and find the topic of puzzles and culture interesting, though I support Will in his grid alteration at least from a perspective of entry fill scores in my database: delta (70) versus Delpy (55). Followers of the Autofill Project know that I tend to score proper names rather low, regardless of race, creed, or gender. Aside from big-name outliers with interesting letters — the IGGYAZALEAs and ALEXTREBEKs — most famous names are entered in the 50-60 range. My scoring does not reflect a disdain for celebrity. Famous names make up a significant majority of database additions, and I appreciate Boyhood star Ellar (50) Coltrane and Sierota (50) siblings who make up the pop group Echosmith for making a constructor’s job a little easier, but I find common nouns almost always more interesting to clue and deserving of higher priority in the fill process.