FRIDAY, Sep. 12, 2008 - Natan Last (Dance that simulates the drama of a bullfight / Early Inverness resident / Furry folivores)
Friday, September 12, 2008
- 1A: Dance that simulates the drama of a bullfight (paso doble) - this was the subject of a movie ... small movie ... ten years ago ... what is it? AHA, "Strictly Ballroom"! Here we go:
- 37D: Energetic 1960s dance with swiveling and shuffling (boogaloo) - OMG I thought this was a term completely invented by the makers of the movie "Breakin' II: Electric Boogaloo." Apparently not. I don't think the following involves the 60's "BOOGALOO" in any way, but it is mesmerizing...
- 27A: Escaped (got loose)
- 31A: Sound at an auto race (swoosh)
- 56A: Daydreaming (in la-la-land)
- 17A: One needing kisses, say (chocoholic)
- 35D: Start to like (cotton to)
- 4D: "You have got to be kidding!" ("Oh come on!")
- 61A: "You got it!" ("Okey dokey!")
IS THIS LOVE, LOLA? (answer: have you read "Lolita"? No no no)
- 14A: 1978 Bob Marley hit whose title words are sung four times before "... that I'm feelin'" ("Is this love ...")
- 8D: "She was _____ in slacks" (part of an opening soliloquy by Humbert Humbert) (Lola)
It's a good thing I was having fun solving this, because I tripped and fell on my face a few times. PANDA BEARS eat foliage, right? Yes, yes they do. Damned Aussie KOALA BEARS (20A: Furry folivores). AWARE appears to go with its clue 25D: Au courant by virtue of an extremely attenuated connection. AWARE is completely missing the implication of "hip" and "up-to-date." It's hard to imagine switching out one for the other in a sentence and having both sentences make sense (as sentences that might actually be said by someone not looking to get slapped for pretension).
- 10A: Chuck wagon fare (grub) - should've filed this above, with the colloquial onslaught.
- 16A: Faux Japanese reply ("ah, so") - ditto.
- 18A: Jazz duo? (zees) - if you read this blog and even hesitated for a second, I disown you.
- 19A: Nooks for books, maybe (typo) - and a TYPO one might actually make, for once.
- 33A: Foot of the Appian Way? (pes) - Latin for "foot," etymologically related to the PASO in PASO DOBLE.
- 35A: Locale of some mirrors (car) - I had BAR, which I like Much better. Too bad you can't BOTTON TO something.
- 36A: Letter-shaped girder (H-beam) - and, from out of a long, mysterious retirement, his rapping partner T-NUT (55A: Letter-shaped fastener).
- 38A: Lord John Boyd _____, winner of the 1949 Nobel Peace Prize (Orr) - HA ha. How bad do you have to not want Bobby ... ?
- 41A: Winston Churchill's Rufus, for one (poodle) - love dogs, but not POODLEs. Way way down the list of Dogs I'd Like To Own. I am currently a CHOCOHOLIC:
- 51A: Area next to an ambulatory (apse) - hey, I learned a word ("ambulatory" (n.)).
- 1D: Early Inverness resident (Pict) - I don't think it was called "Inverness" when PICTs lives there, but OK.
- 3D: Ticklee's cry ("stop!") - "Ticklee, Tickle-ah, Ticklee, Tickle-ah-ha- ha-ha- ha-ha..."
- 6D: City at the mouth of the Fox River (Oshkosh) - did Not know this, and I have good friends in OSHKOSH.
- 11D: Cousin of a cassowary (rhea) - big flightless bird of S. America.
- 29D: "A Lonely Rage" autobiographer Bobby (Seale) - C0-founder of the Black Panther party.
- 30D: The farmer's wife in "Babe" (Esme) - news to me.
- 31D: Did a farrier's work (shod) - is SHOED a word? I wanted SHOED?
- 40D: God of life, death and fertility who underwent resurrection (Osiris) - why even have other gods when you've got this guy?
- 41D: Pattern sometimes called "Persian pickles" (paisley) - I wore PAISLEY ties in the 90s, I think. When I wore ties. So, like, twice a year.
- 47D: Canal cleaner (Q-tip) - I don't think it's supposed to go that far in...
- 49D: Teacher of Heifetz (Auer) - MISCHA! I mean, LEOPOLD!
- 50D: Fashion model of Wek (Alek) - Never seen ... her? ... yes, her before, but I like her "K"s. And lastly, speaking of "K"s...
- 53D: Ko-Ko's dagger in "The Mikado" (snee) - because he could not find his SNICK.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
PS in a great crossword coincidence, the 5-weeks-ago crowd (those who solve in syndication) also have LOLA as an answer today (clued via The Kinks' song)