Cornice Support — TUESDAY, Dec 29 2009 — "__ on parle francais" / Mythical lecher Songwriter Novello / Parker products
Monday, December 28, 2009
- 16A: *Did a dog trick (ROLLED OVER)
- 22A: *One who's often doing favors (MISTER NICE GUY)
- 36A: *Affordable, as an apartment (LOW-RENT)
- 38A: *Tugboat rope (TOWLINE)
- 46A: *Aldous Huxley novel (BRAVE NEW WORLD)
- 57A: *Bar patron's request for a refill (ANOTHER ONE)
- 46D: Things hidden in the answers to this puzzle's six starred clues (BIRDS)
Igbo people, also referred to as the Ibo(e), Ebo(e), Eboans or Heebo are an ethnic group living chiefly in southeastern and south Nigeria. They speak Igbo, which includes various Igboid languages and dialects; today, a majority of them speak English alongside Igbo as a result of British colonialism. Igbo people are among the largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria. Due to the effects of migration and the Atlantic slave trade, there are Igbo populations in countries such as Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, as well as outside Africa. Their exact population outside Africa is unknown, but today many African Americans and Afro Caribbeans are of Igbo descent.(Wikipedia)
Hi there, everybody. PuzzleGirl here doing a very quick rundown of Tuesday's puzzle for you. Got a message from Rex earlier today asking if I could fill in for him because he's having too much fun with his family. Or something. I'm actually in Chicago right now for a wrestling tournament, which means I'm in for a long day and can't really spend a lot of time on this puzzle. I hope that doesn't hurt your feelings. I swear you all are very important to me, it's just that it's very cold here, and we're staying at a hotel that's kind of far away from the venue, and we're trying to do this trip on the cheap by taking public transportation, and my point is — I have enough problems tomorrow without also having to deal with lack of sleep (which tends to make me ... a little cranky). So. The puzzle.
I liked this puzzle quite a bit. It was a smooth solve for me, right around my average Tuesday time. I did end up with a mistake though. I threw ASU in where KSU belongs (Arizona State is Wildcats too, right? Crap. No, they're the Sun Devils. University of Arizona are Wildcats though. At least I got the right state. Although I guess it wasn't really the right state since it was the wrong answer). Anyway, I didn't check the cross to see that JERA didn't make any sense where JERK was supposed to be. Oh well. I probably won't lose any sleep over it. God, I hope I don't lose any sleep over it. I already explained the issue with the sleep, right?
- 10A: Yank's foe (REB). Entered MET at first which is really dumb because even though I don't know which teams are in the American League and which are in the National League I do know that the Yankees and the Mets are not in the same league.
- 15A: "A ___ bagatelle!" (MERE). Is this a thing? I'm guessing it's a popular culture reference that I missed. Let's see ... Nope. I'm totally wrong. And do you know why? Because I don't actually know the word bagatelle and I just assumed it meant baguette. Can you believe I admit this stuff publicly?
- 33A: Fancy dresser (FOP). Fop is a great word. PuzzleHusband is something of a fop. At least he thinks so.
- 51A: Hawkeye State native (IOWAN). Go, Hawks!
- 66A: School attended by 007 (ETON). Also attended by 46A's Aldous Huxley.
- 12D: ___ Wetsy (old doll) (BETSY). PuzzleDaughter has been talking about the "Baby Alive Whoopsie Doo Doll" recently. Can you guess what the "Whoopsie Doo" refers to? Let's just say it does more than wet. Ugh.
- 42D: Part of P.E.I.: Abbr. (EDW.). For all of us non-Canadians that's Prince EDWard Island. See also 59D: Neighbor of Que[bec] (ONT[ario]).