Company behind game Battlezone / TUE 12-28-10 / Mentalist Geller / Four-lap runners / Distance runner's skirt / Military sandwich
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Constructor: Robert A. Doll
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: Unprefixed — familiar words have their prefixes moved to the end, creating wacky phrases, which are clued "?"-style
Word of the Day: CANAPE (29D: Cocktail hour nibble) —
Supremely easy. The theme was utterly nonsensical to me until many seconds after I had finished. I was trying to figure out what the starts or ends of the theme answers had to do with one another, and then noticed that MARINESUB was just SUBMARINE flipped. Then noticed that the others were similarly flipped. Ta ... da? Theme is very thin (compare yesterday's six theme answers), and MINI doesn't stand alone very well, and two of these started out as nouns and two as adjectives ... and this theme seems like it could be spun out ad infinitum; or, rather, that virtually any word with these suffixes might have sufficed. Why not a LARGE EXTRA or GOLF MINI or etc.? The basic idea is kind of cute, but somehow the execution feels slightly SUB par.
- 20A: Distance runner's skirt? (MARATHON MINI)
- 34A: Military sandwich? (MARINE SUB)
- 45A: Outstanding crowd scene actor? (FINE EXTRA)
- 55A: Valuable truck? (PRECIOUS SEMI)
Not much to Bullet today, so I'll just sign off. My flight isn't until Wednesday evening, so I'll be here again tomorrow.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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P.S. this will hurt your soul if you have one...