Thursday, July 26, 2007
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: DUST - rebus puzzle where "DUST" must be crammed into six symmetrically organized squares
The "Challenging" part of this puzzle is that you rarely see a theme puzzle on a Friday. I think this is the second one this year. The last one was a CAT and DOG rebus, if memory serves (which it often doesn't, so if you care about such things, look it up yourself). I'm not sure why DUST is so ... important that it should interrupt my regularly scheduled themeless puzzle and force itself upon me. I ended up enjoying the puzzle somewhat. I've done worse puzzles, that's for sure.
- 4A: Medevacs, in military slang (DUST-offs) - didn't know this
- 4D: Quarrel (DUST-up)
- 9A: Shop coat? (saw DUST)
- 12D: Furniture protector (DUST cover)
- 2D: Went kaput (bit the DUST) - my favorite DUST answer
- 31A: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee known as the White Lady of Soul (DUSTy Springfield) - this was a gimme, as I Love her, and thus the first clue that I was dealing with a rebus - her full name obviously didn't fit. Sadly, I had the D-S part and so still thought the first part was DUSTY (spelled out, not rebused). Eventually SECRECY (3D: Opposite of openness) gave me the "Y" I needed to figure it all out.
- 37A: Nebulous stuff (interstellar DUST) - along with HIT TUNE (46A: Billboard listing), a very iffy-sounding phrase
- 42D: Black & Decker offering (DUST Buster) - clever
- 43D: Classroom sneeze elicitor (chalk DUST)
- 62A: Janitorial tool (DUST mop)
- 57D: Cleaning product with the slogan "It's that fast" (EnDUST)
- 63A: Big band era standard ("Star DUST")
DADO (19A: Carpenter's groove) is hilarious to me as my wife and I were bonding over having No Idea what this word meant only a couple days ago when it showed up in some puzzle she was doing. I call my older cat, Wiley, BADDO DADDO sometimes ... when No One is around. My wife will be ashamed that I had No Idea what 22D: It contains the elastic clause referred to until I had many letters. I assume that's ARTICLE I of the Constitution. Of the United States. Of America. I'm also assuming that ALTE (58A: Aged Frankfurter?) means OLD in German.
For 1D: Half of a 1970s-'80s comedy duo, I really wanted either LAVERNE or SHIRLEY. I got CHEECH. Only other interesting pop culture answer today is BEV (23A: Roseanne's mom on "Roseanne"), which I could not recall despite having watched that show a lot. KURT (59A: Maestro Masur) would have been pop culture if it had been clued [Aging MTV personality Loder].
I'm tired. Good night.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld