To be fair LAT puzzles have been mostly a disappointment difficulty-wise (easier than I expected, sometimes much easier). I have no idea how much Patti Varol changes in the submissions she gets. Also, some people on the LA Times Crossword Corner are saying that maybe there's no longer a steady increase in difficulty from Monday to Saturday.
On the other hand, I finally found a way to do NYT puzzles without a subscription and this week has been pretty great. Except Wednesday, HOLY GUACAMOLE was that a letdown.