English fashionista Bartley / THU 12-16-10 / Gov. Faubus in Arkansas history / Movie quote 1932 / 1924 Isham Jones/Gus Kahn song / Sweet wine Hungary
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Constructor: Charles Deber
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: NOT TO BE (38A: Ill-fated ... or a hint for answering the six starred clues) — familiar phrases containing "TO BE" have the "TO BE" removed, leaving ... "TO BE"-less (and thus nonsensical) theme answers
Word of the Day: ORVAL Faubus (5A: Gov. Faubus in Arkansas history) —
Orval Eugene Faubus (January 7, 1910 – December 14, 1994) was the 36th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1955 to 1967. He is best known for his 1957 stand against the desegregation of Little Rock public schools during the Little Rock Crisis, in which he defied a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court by ordering the Arkansas National Guard to stop African American students from attending Little Rock Central High School. Despite his initial staunch segregationist stances, Faubus moderated his positions later on. He even endorsed the African American minister, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, in the 1984 Democratic presidential primaries. (wikipedia)
- 17A: *"I don't know yet" (THAT REMAINS SEEN)
- 3D: *Memorable movie quote of 1932 ("I WANT ALONE")
- 24A: *1968 #2 hit heard in "Easy Rider" ("BORN WILD")
- 50A: *1924 Isham Jones/Gus Kahn song ("IT HAD YOU")
- 30D: *Like someone who's had a narrow escape (LUCKY ALIVE)
- 58A: *"No WAY!" ("YOU'VE GOT KIDDING")
Gotta get up early for a dentist appointment, so I'll cut to the chase, i.e. the Bullets.
- 1A: "Caro nome," for one (ARIA) — never heard of it, and yet it was a gimme. Four letters, Italian title ...
- 33A: Air or ami preceder (BEL) — I don't see "bel ami" in dictionaries on-line. It is a Maupassant title, but "ami" isn't capitalized here. I don't know the phrase as one that has entered the English language.
- 56A: Diamond on a record player (NEIL) — "record player," nice. Retro.
- 6D: Head of the Egyptian god Amun (RAM) — did not know. Wanted ASP or OWL.
- 5D: Length in years of a lenient sentence, maybe (ONE TO TWO) — this feels forced, but I don't know ... maybe it's a common sentence for ... something. I'm seeing that it's a not uncommon drug offense sentence. Hmm. OK.
- 54D: Follower of juillet (AOÛT) — wanted JUIN, but that's the wrong direction.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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