The Eseometer stayed right around the same today at just under 60. [Originally, I wrote it edged up to just over 60. On reviewing the numbers below, I noticed I misapplied my formula a few times--e.g., NARNIA should have been 0 instead of 1. Hey, counting ese is rough work...]

Two tweaks to the method described on Monday: 1) counting singulars of convenience (like EAVE or TOOTSIE ROLL yesterday) as 1/2 per commenter Marc Z's suggestion (none of those today); 2) counting minor ESE as 1/2 instead of 1 (LUNE and CASA) and groaner ESE as 2 instead of 1 (ABOIL).

Eseometer total = 58 1/2

Thematic density = 45; difference = -17

Across = 22

WOLFMAN 0, NAMFLOW 0, IN UTERO 0, ARIGATO 0, MONSTER 0, RETSNOM 0, PREMIUM 0, NAT 1, DEB 1, IMP 1, SKATE 0, VIA 1, MISER 0, NOT SO 1, LOCH 1/2, JAR 1, J.S. BACH 0, OAT 1, ATRIA 1, CAY 1, GLOSSY 0, ORB 1, EINE 1 1/2, SARAH 0, ARK 1, PUTTS 1, DIALS 1, SAG 1, ACC 2, ABU 2, INSECTS 1, PHANTOM 0, MOTNAPH 0, EASES IN 1, SWEEPEA 0, DRACULA 0, XXXXXXX 0

Down 36 1/2

WIMP 1/2, SLOGS 1, APED 1 1/2, ON OR 1 1/2, KOALA 0, CHAR 1/2, LUNE 1, ACTOR 1, CASA 1, FT. SMITH 1, SAD 1, NEC 2, ME TIME 0, SHIATSU 0, ARE UP 2, JAY 1, ABOIL 2, NORM 1/2, VAT 1, ALUMNA 0, MIRRORS 1, NARNIA 0, IRK 1, IMS 3, AREAS 1, JAB 1, SNOW 1/2, MITTENS 1, PASTE 0, FGS 3, ROB 1, EUGENE 0, LAND 1/2, TACIT 0, CAP 1, OTOE 1 1/2, SCANT 0, THE 1, WOMB 1/2, OH YES 0, SPA 1