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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Constructor: Robert W. Harris
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: State abbrev. phrases — Two-word phrases that start with words that can double as state abbreviations — clued statily, for maximum wackiness
Word of the Day: LESLIE Howard (4D: Howard of "Gone With the Wind") —
Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939) and roles in Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936), Pygmalion (1938), Intermezzo (1939), Pimpernel Smith (1941) and The First of the Few (1942). [...] Howard died in 1943 when flying to Bristol, UK, from Lisbon, Portugal, on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines/BOAC Flight 777. The aircraft, "G-AGBB" a Douglas DC-3, was shot down by Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88C6 maritime fighter aircraft over the Bay of Biscay. Howard was among the 17 fatalities, including four ex-KLM flight crew. (wikipedia)
- 16A: Proper way to behave in Biloxi? (MISS. MANNERS)
- 23A: Evaluation in Eugene? (ORE. ASSAY) — my least favorite of the bunch. Not at all snappy. Too bad CAL somebody wouldn't fit here...
- 32A: Syncopated piano piece for Seattle residents? (WASH. RAG)
- 45A: Chicago balloonists' needs? (ILL. WINDS)
- 52A: Commuter trains in Boston? (MASS. TRANSIT)
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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*black squares that don't affect the overall word count; here, the ones on either side of JUAN and YSER—making those squares black makes the grid easier to fill.