King of England 946-55 - SUNDAY, May 31 2009 - Refuser of 1964 Nobel Prize / While there's life there's hope playwright / Technological debuts of 1998
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Constructor: Kelsey Blakley
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: "Odd One Out" — Note reads: "Every letter in the answer to each asterisked clue appears an even number of times in that answer ... except one. Altogether, these eight unpaired letters can be arranged to spell the answer to 68- and 70-Across." What the unpaired letters spell: NUTS OVER (68A: With 70-Across, some people are _____ crosswords)
Word of the Day: CRINOID (25D: Sea lily, e.g.) — n.
Any of various echinoderms of the class Crinoidea, including the sea lilies and feather stars, that are characterized by a cup-shaped body, feathery radiating arms, and either a stalk or clawlike structure with which they are able to attach to a surface.adj.
Of or belonging to the Crinoidea.
[From New Latin Crinoīdea, class name : Greek krinon, lily + Greek -oeidēs, -oid.] (answers.com)
- 46D: *Real work (strenuous effort) [unpaired "N"]
- 102A: *Deficits (insufficiencies) [unpaired "U"]
- 23A: *Religious affiliation of John Adams and William Howard Taft (Unitarian Church) [unpaired "T"] — "CHURCH" felt weird to me here, so much so that I left it off until I confirmed it through crosses.
- 86A: *Hides out (goes underground) [unpaired "S"]
- 116A: *Ragged (tattered and torn) [unpaired "O"]
- 3D: *Not firm work? (private practice) [unpaired "V"] - great clue
- 33A: *You raise your arms for these (anti-perspirants) [unpaired "E"] — cute clue
- 46A: *Physician's promise (Hippocratic oath) [unpaired "R"]
- 13A: State below Lower Saxony (Hesse) - hardly a gimme, but the Downs were all so familiar that by the time I got a look at the clue, I knew exactly what the answer was.
- 20A: Technological debuts of 1998 (iMacs) - a standard clue for this common answer
- 32A: Manilla pact grp., 1954 (SEATO) - doing a lot of crosswords means getting familiar with, and thus pretty good at guessing, common acronyms.
- 35D: 1967 #1 hit whose lyrics begin "What you want / Baby, I got it" ("R-E-S-P-E-C-T")
- 65A: Montana Indians (Crees) - not a huge fan of the unnecessarily s-pluralized tribe names, and today we get two. See also PONCAS (34D: Plains Indians). For reasons I don't understand, APACHES is an s-plural that seems just fine to me. It may be alone in that respect.
- 113A: _____ White, one of the girls in "Dreamgirls" (Effie) - also Sam's secretary in "The Maltese Falcon." A great character that the movie gets All Wrong.
- 123A: Impressionist Degas (Edgar) - a clear gimme, but one I needed to get that SW corner to move. I had ---DEFICIENCIES in the theme answer for a bit, and nothing in that little corner was budging at all 'til I saw good ol' EDGAR.
- 11A: Refuser of a 1964 Nobel Prize (Sartre) - A "refuser" to go with all the other Odd Jobs in the puzzle.
- 14D: Swab's target (ear wax) - great, if gross, answer
- 15D: Nubian Desert locale (Sudan) - flat-out guess, with no crosses. Woo hoo!
- 75D: Supermodel Hutton (Lauren) - you could've used a "bygone" here. She makes me think of "Models, Inc." even though she was apparently not in it. If you have 90s phobia the way I do, you might want to avert your eyes:
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld