A welcome gust of reality in the latest explanation of how the restaurant reviews work:
Do the critics dine anonymously?
In the strict sense of the word, yes. Times critics do not give their own names when making reservations, do not introduce themselves at the door or at the table, and typically ask their guests to play along. (Over the years I’ve been called Bruce, Frank and — perhaps a bit of a giveaway — Sven.) A few people seem to think “anonymously” is a synonym for “disguised from head to toe,” but that’s not practical for day-to-day dining, and it’s not a requirement of the job. Times critics try not to stand out, but they may be recognized, and often are.
Not quite there, though. If we replace the final clause with "...almost always are," which I suspect is fair, then the first sentence of the answer looks threadbare. "Anonymous" and "almost always recognized" are not really the same thing, let alone "strictly."
But baby steps.