Sunday, July 22, 2007
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: SPOT and its anagrams
Super-boring "theme" - not even identifiable as a theme until the puzzle is completed. Those are some of the shortest theme answers I've ever seen too - so much so that I had a hard time seeing them all, even when I was done.
- 17A: Traps off the coast of Maine (lobster POTS)
- 28A: Ball catcher behind a catcher (back STOP)
- 34A: Source of disruption to satellites (sun SPOT)
- 42A: Sleeveless shirts (tank TOPS)
- 56A: Gotham tabloid (New York POST) - I was trying to think of a fictional newspaper from the world of "Batman"
The rest of this was pretty easy, though CRANE could have been COUGH (6A: Whooping _____); CREEL's kind of challenging (63A: Fish basket); and San PEDRO Bay isn't necessarily familiar to non-Left Coasters (49A: Los Angeles's San _____ Bay). Oh, and ENESCO (12D: Georges who composed "Romanian Rhapsodies") is rough for a Monday. If I hadn't seen him before (commented on him, even), I would have been lost. At sea, even. Never heard of 45D: Aviation pioneer Sikorsky (Igor), but really, in a Monday puzzle, what other first name is this guy gonna have?
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld