Heavenly gatekeeper in Portugal / MON 3-7-11 / 1982 question from Clash / Old advertising question from Clairol / Soliloquy question from Hamlet
Monday, March 7, 2011
Constructor: Mike Torch
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: Paper or plastic? — Theme answers are famous "___ OR ___" questions
Word of the Day: Oksana BAIUL (59A: Oskana ___, 1994 gold-medal skater) —
Oksana Serhiyivna Baiul (Ukrainian: Оксана Сергіївна Баюл) (born November 16, 1977) is a Ukrainian professional figure skater. She is the 1994 Olympic Champion in Ladies' Singles and 1993 World Champion. (wikipedia)
- 17A: With 61-Across, 1982 question from the Clash ("SHOULD I STAY / OR SHOULD I GO?")
- 23A: With 54-Across, old advertising question from Clairol ("DOES SHE OR / DOESN'T SHE?")
- 37A: Soliloquy question from Hamlet ("TO BE OR NOT TO BE")
- 12D: With 46-Down, question from a 2000s game show ("DEAL OR NO DEAL?")
LIRAS (32A: Turkish money)—I didn't realize the plural had an "S." Is that different from the plural of the (former) Italian currency of the same name? Seems that in both the Italian and Turkish versions, an -S plural is acceptable as well as an -E. OK.
That's all. See you tomorrow.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. The Youngstown Crossword Puzzle Tournament to benefit the Poland Public Library of Youngstown, OH will take place at the library this Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011, from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Fresh puzzles for the tournament provided by Will Shortz ahead of their NYT publication schedule. Get more info here.
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