SATURDAY PUZZLE — It’s neurotic to personalize every little thing, isn’t it? We’re all doing the same puzzle. But the chill is real here in New York, and I have an inordinate amount of wrinkled winter clothing and (for some weird reason) clumps of dog hair on every flat surface in my house, and somehow overnight my hibernatory genes have seized control of my metabolism. So ouch to 1A, Mr. Walden.

This is a really fresh Saturday puzzle, though, with a generous sprinkle of debuts throughout and a couple of really fun phrases created by the constructor’s winsome little stacks. None of it felt forced to me while solving and I greatly enjoyed the mix of classic and modern.

I thought the difficult entries were well distributed, so I didn’t get inordinately frustrated with any one corner, which usually happens. There were also tons of genuinely funny entries, especially of the mordant variety, like STORK and TRAGIC END, which always go over well on Saturday solves when I’m not otherwise feeling so smart.

1A: Does SCHLUBBY roll off everyone’s tongue these days? Personally it brings to mind Jason Alexander’s role in “Seinfeld,” so it’s pretty SITCOMMY and not real. It’s of Yiddish origin, and one would think in the slob/sloppy family, but there’s a lot of etymology there.

23A: We’ve seen the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC, many times in the grid but I had never known the (women’s) history behind it. Here’s one of those really delightful examples of a clue that enlightens, which is a great reason crosswords will never get old no matter how good you get at them.

37A: This entry is another debut, although the word it modifies is not. ECOCIDAL acts are an international crime in several countries, on the books at least. The use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War was where the concept came about — it referred to “ecological warfare,” destroying an environment expressly to defeat its inhabitants. Nowadays, it also applies to commercial acts of ecocide like clearing rain forests for grazing land and patio furniture.

54A: I took “hack” to mean driver and thought there might be an “Uber sign” or something license-related here, but a “hack” can also be a NO TALENT schlub.

11D: Not a golfer, not a follower of golf, never heard of TOM WATSON, and he’s new to the crossword too. He’s still golfing professionally! This video might really just be for fans, but I got sucked in — comparing two golf swings, 45 years apart. It’s kind of a good advertisement for golfing, actually.

32D: I’d never have figured this one out without crosses but it is really hilariously apt; canned cabbage might be sauerkraut but “Cabbage for canning?” is SEVERANCE pay, a double whammy of crossword idioms in a funny pun.

When I started the puzzle with SCHLUBBY, I had in mind cluing it as [Like many sitcom dads], but SITCOMMY precluded that. SITCOMMY was the linchpin that finally allowed the grid to be finished, so that clue had to go. My original clue for STORK was basically [Frog predator]. I can’t take credit for the macabre twist from Will and Joel and Sam, but I did enjoy it.

The last time I used a historical royal who was largely unfamiliar to me was Queen WILHELMINA, who was awesome to learn about. Turns out LEOPOLD II was as villainous as she was heroic. Hoping for a better one next time.

The juxtaposition of PREGNANT and DNA TESTS is fun, but I like the combo ECOCIDAL PET ODORS even better.

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