Point in planet's orbit that's closest to sun / WED 9-22-10 / Sanctuary fixture / Kansas canine / Turn of millennium explorer
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Constructor: Peter A. Collins
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: EIEIO — four theme answers contain those five vowels (in order); theme revealed by OLD MACDONALD (57A: Subject of a children's song associated with the vowels in the answer to each starred clue)
Word of the Day: PERIHELION (46A: *Point in a planet's orbit that's closest to the sun) —
The point nearest the sun in the orbit of a planet or other celestial body.
[Alteration of New Latin perihēlium : PERI- + Greek hēlios, sun.] (answers.com)
- 20A: *Turn-of-the-millennium explorer (LEIF ERICSSON)
- 30A: *1996 Grammy winner for the album "Falling Into You" (CELINE DION)
- 38A: *Treaty of Versailles signer (PRESIDENT WILSON)
- 46A: *Point in a planet's orbit that's closest to the sun (PERIHELION)
- 37A: 1,055 joules: Abbr. (BTU) — reflexively wrote in ERG. Physics 3 letters=ERG. One of the perils of putting brain on autofillpilot: occasional wrongness.
- 44A: Pitcher Maddux who won four straight Cy Young Awards (GREG) — arguably the best pitcher in baseball for a good stretch of the '90s. In addition to his many pitching accomplishments, he won 18 (not a typo) Gold Glove Awards. Ridiculous. He is sure to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
- 11D: Tool used by Hansel and Gretel's father (AXE) — another peril of brain on autofillpilot. Tool, three letters, starts with "A" — now AXE is a good bet, but my brain went AWL! Pretty sure their father was not a cobbler...
- 1D: Catch that might be mounted (MARLIN) — tricky, odd-sounding clue, but I got it easily. Weird how I can nail this and yet muff LOSING HEART.
- 42D: It was dropped in the '60s (LSD) — and the '70s. And the '80s. Etc.
- 38D: Any singer with Gladys Knight (PIP) — I've seen people sing with her who were not PIPs, so not *any* singer. I looove Gladys.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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