Boldly patterned warblers / WED 6-9-10 / 1966 musical based on I Am Camera / Flexible blades / Shogun's capital / ASCAP alternative / Everglades wader
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Constructor: Gary Whitehead
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: REDSTARTS — all theme answers begin with a word that can signify a variety of RED
Word of the Day: REDSTARTS (34A: Boldly patterned warblers ... and a hint to 17-, 24-, 50- and 59-Across) —
Redstarts are a group of small Old World birds. They were formerly classified in the thrush family (Turdidae), but are more often now treated as part of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapidae). There are two main groups: the true redstarts of the genus Phoenicurus and the more aberrant and not too closely related White-capped, Plumbeous, Luzon, and White-bellied Redstarts. // These are insectivorous ground feeding birds, many of which have the red tail ("start" is the modern English reflex of Middle English stert, Old English steort, tail of an animal), which gives the group its name. Most northern species are strong migrants. (wikipedia)
- 17A: Part ofa drug lord's income, maybe (BLOOD MONEY) — we were trying to figure out what BLOOD MONEY would mean in this context — the clue seems right, but we couldn't come up with good examples
- 24A: Fruity soda (CHERRY CRUSH)
- 50A: Rolling Stones hit of 1967 ("RUBY TUESDAY")
- 59A: Certain mason (BRICK LAYER)
- 41A: Big film shower (IMAX) — never been to one. I don't live where they ... exist. THEY!
- 6D: Actress Mary Tyler ___ (MOORE) / 7D: Co-star of 6-Down in 1970s TV (ASNER) — a lovely, simple pairing.
- 22D: When Emperor Henry IV was dethroned (MCV) — Probably more annoying than RRNs usually are because many will have looked to this answer as a way of getting the first cross after CHERRY. I'm doubting many (if any) solvers could have plunked down MCV with no crosses.
- 35D: Target of Pierre's prayers (DIEU) — "Target" sounds funny. "I'm gonna hit you with these prayers, God. Look out!"
- 40D: 1966 musical based on "I Am a Camera" (CABARET) — "I Am a Camera" was a play inspired by Christopher Isherwood stories. Title always makes me think of two songs.
- 43D: Gentle breezes (ZEPHYRS) — "Whan Zephyrus eke with his sweete breeth / Inspired hath in every holt and heeth..." and all that. That's how I know the word, anyway.
- 44D: Sides accompaniers (ENTREES) — completely backwards (Sides "accompany" entrees), which I didn't mind at all. Nicely loopy.
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