Sunday, December 3, 2006
Solving time: 4:33
THEME: Cruz / Cruise / Crews - three long theme answers all end with these homonyms
I would have loved to see Cutting Crew here - if only their name had been plural. Anyone? Cutting Crew? Anyone? They had one big hit twenty years ago. And it goes a little something like this:
(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight (#1 for two weeks in 1987)
I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts lie all around me
And I don't see an easy way out of this
Her diary, it sits on the bedside table
The curtains are closed, the cat's in the cradle [nice Vonnegut reference]
Who would've thought that a boy like me could come to this [here I would tell my student that "this" has no clear antecedent]
Oh, I just died in your arms tonight [the "little death," presumably]
It must've been something you said, [wow, doesn't take much]
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away, I should've walked away
Is there any just cause for feeling like this
On the surface I'm a name on a list
I try to be discreet [not 'discrete'], but then blow it again
I've lost and found, it's my final mistake
She's loving by proxy, no give and all take [surely the only time 'proxy' has been used in a pop song]
'Cause I've been thrilled to fantasy one too many times [OK now you're just making phrases up]
It was a long hot night
She made it easy, she made it feel right
But now it's over, the moment is gone
I followed my hands, not my head,
I know I was wrong [I'm a little concerned ... did he kill her?]
There are those who know this song from being a young person in the 80s, those who know it from a great SNL parody a few years back, and those (the majority of you, I'm guessing) who don't know it at all. I would direct you to cuttingcrew.com, but you will find only hair-care specialists - unless that's what the band's doing now to make a living. I'll look into this.
Done very quickly for me - with enough time to enter an Incorrectly Filled Grid, fix it, and still get in well under 5 minutes (good, for me). Should have checked my crosses! Stupid can't-make-up-his-mind-how-to-spell-his-own-damned-name OLAV tacked a good 20 seconds onto my time. Luckily I knew enough French to figure out that 8D: With: Fr. was not AFEC.
20A (THEME): "Sahara" co-star, 2005 (Penelope Cruz)
Look, if you're going to do us the favor of avoiding Tom Cruise in this puzzle, why not go all the way and Not Name Anyone Affiliated With Him. PENELOPE CRUZ co-starred with Crazy Cruise in the ill-conceived Vanilla Sky. I believe the CRUIZES were an item, for a while. Something about her face freaks me out. Not sure why. There are only two PENELOPEs I care anything about. I'm married to one, and Odysseus is married to the other.
9A: Vice president Spiro (Agnew)
10D: Codger (geezer)
For some reason I am really digging these crosses. AGNEW was something of a GEEZER. An evil GEEZER. I believe my mother still owns a Watergate-era watch that features a caricature of AGNEW. The clock hands are his hands. Oh yeah, this is it right here (or some very close likeness of it): Mom, if you're listening, if you still have this, I claim it - none of this giving-it-to-my-sister crap. She already has all the good furniture, china, etc. Plus she lives next door to you. You gotta give me Something. Why not start with this watch? Love, your son.
63A: "Puppy Love" singer Paul (Anka)
Like Enya, Paul ANKA is doing everything to get himself into the Pantheon. Given that this is at least the third time I've seen him since I started this website, I'm going to have to give him real consideration. I may have to have an Enya/ANKA showdown. "Two will enter the ring, only one will leave!" Yes, that sounds good. And I'll have you, the viewer, vote by texting "ENYA" or "ANKA" on your cell phone to a special Cingular wireless number ... it'll be fun. I've also got my eye on 2D: Aggressive, as a personality (Type-A), who also seems to be hanging around the grid an awful lot.
50A: Italian city on the Adriatic (Trieste)
Kind of tough Monday answer. I barely know this city. I think 66A: Ship's petty officer, informally (bos'n) is a bit iffy for a Monday, too. Actually, I just hate the way it looks in the grid, all ... well, wrong and what not. Over in the SW corner, I really wish EATEN and ANNIE would trade places so that the corner would read, from top to bottom: MOTHS EATEN ANNIE (they have!? awesome!). Also nice that ORPHAN (47D) and ANNIE are in the grid together. Nice touch. No SANDY, though. Only SHADY (42A), Sandy's evil twin. What a bitch.
6D: Act on a sudden itching for a hitching (elope)
5D: Become lenient (on) [go soft]
21D: Guffaws (laughs)
ELOPE + GO SOFT + LAUGHS = worst honeymoon ever.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld