Heraldic band / THU 9-30-10 / Destination for Near Eastern caravan / Zeno's locale / Sci-fi role starting 1966 / Low-cost home loan corp
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Constructor: Victor Fleming
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: "Uh-uh" — That's the clue for five theme answers
Word of the Day: SERAI (31A: Destination for a Near Eastern caravan)
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I have been surprised this week at how little care has been given to the quality of the fill. The theme is fine—no real memorable answers, but it's consistent enough, with a nice colloquial quality. But the non-theme stuff is Horrible. Over and over again, grimace-inducing answers. Not just one, but at least half a dozen. Obscure names, strange abbreviations, odd forms like LHASAN (ack) (44D: Like the Dalai Lama, historically) and SUBMERSE (ugh) (63A: Put under), and then ... whatever SERAI is. Apparently, the cuteness of the idea of the theme is all that matters. Computers can fill in the blanks. I just don't know ...
- 16A: I WOULDN'T / IF I WERE YOU
- 34A: BAD IDEA
- 36A: BACK OFF
- 49A: THINK AGAIN
- 58A: DON'T DO IT
I have used a juicer, but wouldn't know a REAMER if it were staring at me (29A: It gets the juice out).
I have "F.U." written in the margin next to 64A: Girl in "Waterworld" (ENOLA)
- 43D: Brokerage name since 1992 (E*TRADE) — I confess to enjoying their baby.
- 8D: Nymph pursuer (SATYR) — pairing of this with FAUN (38D: 8-Down's Roman equivalent) was one of the nicer moments today
- 23D: Zeno's locale (ELEA) — one of those answers (like ORLE) that you have beaten into you one too many times; eventually, the word just sticks, whether you like it or not (though truthfully, today, my brain rolodexed a host of E-words: EDOM, ELIA, etc. before remembering ELEA—which reminds me, ALEA is the Latin word for "die" (singular of "dice") in case anyone asks)
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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