Little Wire gangster / SUN 12-5-10 / Second-largest city in Kyrgyzstan / Polly of literature / Alternative to plata / Pedestal toppers
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Constructor: Ben Pall
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: "On a Roll" — theme answers are directions, which, properly followed, produce a six-sided die
Directions: CUT ON BOLD LINES / SHADE THE CIRCLES / FOLD ALONG DASHES / USE TAPE ON EDGES
Word of the Day: JEHU (110D: King in II Kings) —
Jehu (Hebrew: יֵהוּא, Modern Yehu Tiberian Yēhû ; "Yahweh is He") was a king of Israel. He was the son of Jehoshaphat, and grandson of Nimshi. // William F. Albright has dated his reign to 842-815 BC, while E. R. Thiele offers the dates 841-814 BC. The principal source for the events of his reign comes from 2 Kings 9-10. (wikipedia)
No problems solving this one except (to some extent) in the OMAR (64A: ___ Little, "The Wire" gangster) / SEPOY (68A: ___ Rebellion of 1857-59) section. I misremembered SEPOY as SAPOY (it was a Word of the Day a while back), and I didn't know OMAR. Because of SAPOY problem, thought Greek god was ARES, not EROS (69D: Gree god whose name is one letter off from 118-Down).
Not much else to say about this one. Straight to bullets, I guess.
- 65A: Old Philadelphia stadium, informally, with "the" (VET) — Something I know without knowing why I know it. Veterans Memorial Stadium. Forget who used to play there. The Phillies? Yes, and the Eagles.
- 74A: Alternative to plata (ORO) — I botched this and went with RIO. I know "ORO y Plata" as the state motto of ... Montana? Yes. But why "alternative." ORO *y* plata. Gold *and* silver. Why should I have to choose?
- 112A: Some funerary ware (URNS) — "ware" makes it sound like you're going to eat some thing with / off of it.
- 91A: Plug's place (CORD) — had -ORD and still couldn't make sense of it. Could think only of hair plugs.
- 92A: It's between green and black (OOLONG) — the "between" has to do with how the amount of oxidation. Has anyone tried matcha before? I bought some today. It has to be whisked. I'm a little freaked out by it. But I thought I'd give it a try. One of my readers is a chef who is really into it.
- 125A: Pedestal toppers (BUSTS) — BUSTS of Pallas? Just above your chamber door? (speaking of Greek gods sometimes referred to as "Pallas," see APOLLO, 49D: Artemis' twin)
- 41D: Polly of literature, e.g. (AUNT) — Do not know AUNT Polly ("Tom Sawyer," it turns out). Could think only of Polly Anna ... Pollyanna.
- 53D: Rapper with the 1988 platinum album "Power" (ICE-T) — Featuring the single "I'm Your Pusher" (with extensive citation of Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman")
- 71D: Second-largest city in Kyrgyzstan (LJUB... just kidding, it's OSH) — Can't wait to hear how all my readers knew this and grew up there and what not. OSH ... if it's not followed by KOSH, I don't know it.
- 89D: Superstate in Orwell's "1984" (EURASIA) — wanted OCEANIA, which is... also right.
P.S. pictures of a finished die and a .pdf of this puzzle are available at "Wordplay" (thanks to Patrick Merrell for the heads-up)
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