WEDNESDAY, Apr. 29, 2009 - B Silk (Early MP3-sharing web site / Camp Swampy dog / Theater for niche audiences / Prayer wheel user)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: "NINE to FIVE" word ladder - starred clues are all part of a word ladder that starts with NINE and moves down the grid (changing one letter at a time) to end at FIVE. Theme tied together with central, grid-spanning answer, STANDARD WORK DAY (38A: Hint to the word ladder in the answers to the starred clues)
Word of the Day: SESSILE - adj.
- Botany. Stalkless and attached directly at the base: sessile leaves.
- Zoology. Permanently attached or fixed; not free-moving: a sessile barnacle.
[Latin sessilis, low, of sitting, from sessus, past participle of sedēre, to sit.] (answers.com)
Hey, you know what else fits in the slot occupied by STANDARD WORK DAY?
DOLLY PARTON SONG
- 1A: *Start of a 38-Across (nine)
- 15A: *Small part of a spork (tine)
- 18A: *Musical quality (tone)
- 22A: *Made tracks (tore)
- 35A: *Teed off (sore)
- 44A: *Put into piles (sort)
- 56A: *Locale in a western (fort)
- 64A: *It may precede a stroke (fore) - cute
- 67A: *Ax (fire)
- 71A: *End of a 38-Across (five)
- 17A: Prayer wheel user (lama) - I wrote in SUFI. I was ... on the right continent at least.
- 27A: Good name for an investment adviser? (Ira) - recycled clue. Old joke. Next.
- 32A: Early MP3-sharing Web site (Napster) - a big, infamous name about a decade ago when people were worried that file-sharing would kill the music industry. The uproar all seems kind of quaint now.
- 45A: Canal site (isthmus) - my first thought when "canal" is used in xword clues is always EAR.
- 47A: Showing irritation (peevish) - ironically, one of the few things I liked today.
- 53A: Toxic pollutant (PCB) - I always want this to be PFC. Maybe because I'm mashing PCB up in my head with CFCs = Chlorofluorocarbons?
- 65A: Rat Pack nickname (Dino) - that came easily
- 63A: Crossword maker or editor, at times (cluer) - true enough
- 36D: Wynn and Harris (Eds) - better than cluing it as an abbrev. for "editors," I think.
- 10D: Survivalist's stockpile (ammo) - I had CANS
- 9D: Orkin victim (pest) - I like how the clue makes "Orkin" sound like a serial killer.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld