2010 chart-topper for Ke$ha / SUN 4-10-11 / Italian sportswear name / Dammed river in North Carolina / Burial site early Scottish kings
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Constructor: Paula Gamache
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: "All-Pro" — "FOR" is added (as a prefix) to words in familiar phrases, creating wacky phrases, which are clued wackily ("?"-style)
Word of the Day: ELLESSE (70A: Italian sportswear name) —
Ellesse is a sports apparel company founded in Italy in 1959. // Ellesse was founded by Leonardo Servadio in Perugia in 1959. The name Ellesse derives from the initials of Servadio's name, "L.S." // Ellesse grew in popularity during the 1970s as a producer of skiwear such as quilted jackets and ski pants. In 1979, Ellesse's Jet Pant, a ski pant featuring padded knees and a wide lower leg to fit around a ski boot, was included in an event at the Pompidou Centre in Paris celebrating Italian design. // Another sport with which Ellesse has been closely associated since its early years is tennis. The Ellesse logo references the form of a tennis ball with the shape of the tips of a pair of skis. (wikipedia)
- 23A: Skip Thanksgiving leftovers? (FORGO COLD TURKEY)
- 30A: Say "No," "Never" and "Uh-uh"? (DO ONE'S FORBIDDING)
- 47A: Plea for immediate absolution? (FORGIVE US THIS DAY)
- 63A: Like food that's acceptable to cattle? (FORAGE APPROPRIATE)
- 79A: Memorable theatrical performance? (PLAY HARD TO FORGET)
- 93A: Abstain happily? (GRIN AND FORBEAR IT)
- 108A: Is well-endowed? (CARRIES A FORTUNE)
Apropos of nothing, I am listening to metal while I write, and it is strangely energizing without being lyrically distracting. I eschewed metal for the longest time because it sounded like something that only the scariest of white people listen to (and something that a guy who uses words like "eschew" would not listen to), but I'm coming around... well, a little. I mean, I discovered the band (Red Fang) via NPR (which I do *not* eschew), so how scary can it be?
- 25A: Early spring bloomers (CROCI) — I actually used this word in conversation today. They're coming up in our front yard.
- 28A: Longfellow's words before "O Ship of State!" ("SAIL ON") — I like this song.
- 75A: Burial site of early Scottish kings (IONA) — ugh, IONE fail! Speaking of Scottish, though: my man James HOGG! I read "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" for three (3!) different classes when I studied in Edinburgh in '89 (4D: Scottish poet James Known as "The Ettrick Shepherd").
- 113A: Dammed river in North Carolina (PEE DEE) — strangely, a gimme. I mean, I didn't know it know it, but it's the first thing I thought of—crosswordy river in the Carolinas (often used as a non-urine clue for PEE).
- 115A: Region conquered by Philip II of Macedon (THESSALY) — wonder if the region is as pretty as it sounds. I've never been.
- 7D: Sled dog with a statue in New York's Central Park (BALTO) — are there other Central Parks we might confuse with New York's? Seems a weird qualifier, esp. for the *NYT* puzzle.
- 72D: "___ dignus" (Latin motto) ("ESTO") — the language has a motto? Whose motto? Just ... *a* motto? No matter how many times I look at this clue, no matter what I do, even now, I see only "dingus."
- 84D: Bear vis-à-vis the woods, e.g. (DENIZEN) — surely Paula and/or Will knew that SHITTER fits perfectly. Nice work. [Slow clap]
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