Man-shaped mug / TUE 10-19-10 / Pioneering DJ Freed / Westernmost Aleutian / Onetime colonial power in Philippines / Hunter's garb for short
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Constructor: Fred Piscop
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: OR to -ER — common blank-OR-blank phrases are reimagined as "blankER blank" phrases, and clued "?"-style
Word of the Day: ALAN Freed (63A: Pioneering D.J. Freed) —
Albert James "Alan" Freed (December 15, 1921 – January 20, 1965), also known as Moondog, was an American disc-jockey. He became internationally known for promoting African-American rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of rock and roll. His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s. (wikipedia)
- 17A: Seventh day, in the Bible? (MAKER BREAK)
- 11D: One-third of a strikeout? (HITTER MISS)
- 28D: Statue of a post-W.W. II baby? (BOOMER BUST)
- 60A: $10 bill enclosed in a Valentine card? (LOVER MONEY) — this one doesn't work so well; "Love or Money" is not really a self-standing phrase—kind of stupid-looking without the "For" in front of it, or some context to make it meaningful
- 45A: Hunter's garb, for short (CAMO) — Like it. Seems like a word that should appear in the grid much more often than it does.
- 64A: Home, sweet home (ABODE) — "sweet home" is gratuitous, even misleading. There is nothing "sweet" about ABODE (a clinical term that no one would use in an affectionate way)
- 55D: Man-shaped mug (TOBY) — also, the not-very-lovable loser HR guy on "The Office"
- 5D: Ricocheted, as a cue ball (CAROMED) — Love the word — feels almost onomatopoetic, while also sounding like "caramel." Silent 't' in "Ricocheted" looks nuts if you stare at it too long.
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P.S. Pomona College Magazine's fall issue is out, with nice article on crossword puzzles featuring several students and alums who are constructors, including Xan Vongsathorn ('09), Joel Fagliano ('14!), and ... me ('91). Online edition is not up yet—I'll link to it when it is. I've done many interviews in the past few years, and this one came out better than any of the others.