Franciscan order member / MON 8-16-10 / End of week office dress policy maybe / Quaint computer insert / Drooping as rabbit's ears
Monday, August 16, 2010
Constructor: Andrea Carla Michaels and Jennifer Nutt
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: TV DETECTIVE (60A: What each of the characters named at the ends of 17-, 24-, 38- and 48-Across is):
- Frank CANNON (1971-76) — LOOSE CANNON (17A: Unpredictable sort)
- Joe FRIDAY (Jack Webb years: 1949-59, 1967-70) — CASUAL FRIDAY (24A: End-of-the-week office dress policy, maybe)
- Nash BRIDGES (1996-2001) — BURN ONE'S BRIDGES (38A: Permanently sever ties)
- Adrian MONK (2002-09) — CAPUCHIN MONK (48A: Franciscan order member)
Word of the Day: CAPUCHIN MONK (48A: Franciscan order member)) —
The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (O.F.M. Cap; in England and Ireland, O.S.F.C) is an order of friars in the Catholic Church, among the chief offshoots of the Franciscans. The worldwide head of the Capuchins, called a minister general, is currently Father Mauro Jöhri. // The order arose in 1520 when Matteo da Bascio, an "Observant" Franciscan friar native to the Italian area of Marche, said he became inspired by God with the idea that the manner of life led by the Franciscans of his day was not the one which St. Francis had envisaged. He sought to return to the primitive way of life in solitude and penance as practiced by the founder of his order.
Wife just called from the next room, re: clue on NIECE (15A: Uncle's special little girl): "Creepy!" Agreed. Only weirdish words today were FLOR (27D: Bloom: Sp.), which is more Spanish 102 than Spanish 101 (e.g. ESO, ADIOS, AGUA, etc.); and ALOP (31A: Drooping, as a rabbit's ears), which will make novice solvers go "???" but will be so familiar to constant solvers at this point that its presence is not likely to cause disturbance of any sort.
- 41D: Quaint computer insert (DISKETTE) — this clue made me laugh out loud, mainly because it made me imagine someone picking up one of these at a little antique store on the coast: "Look at this honey ... isn't it adorable?"
- 49D: Like some symmetry (AXIAL) — a bit of an oddity on a Monday, but I can tell you that I got this instantly based solely on the clue: symmetry seems to be a preferred way of coming at AXIAL.
- 67A: "Go, bullfighter!" ("OLE!") — this clue also made me laugh out loud, primarily at the idea of anyone, at any time, shouting "Go, bullfighter!" "Go, bullfighter! Throw a home run!"
4700 Vestal Parkway East, #279
Vestal, NY 13850-3770
Or else take a picture of yourself solving it, shredding it, making an airplane out of it, whatever, and send that along to me via email. Seriously.
I'll be back on Wednesday with a brief recap of this past weekend's Lollapuzzoola 3 tournament in Queens.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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