Mass exodus of expertise / MON 4-4-11 / Gaelic spirit whose wailing portends death / Trophy for great college gridder / Scented bag in drawer
Monday, April 4, 2011
Constructor: Lynn Lempel
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: Body rhymes — rhyming two-word phrases where first word is a part of the body
Word of the Day: BANSHEE (25D: Gaelic spirit whose wailing portends death) —
The Banshee, from the Irish bean sídhe [bʲæn ˈʃiː] ("woman of the síde" or "woman of the fairy mounds"), is a feminine spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. (wikipedia)
- 17A: Mass exodus of expertise (BRAIN DRAIN)
- 25A: Hiker's carryall (BACKPACK)
- 37A: Upside-down maneuver (HANDSTAND)
- 53A: Salon work (HAIR CARE)
- 63A: Recommended by cardiologists (HEART SMART)
As I said, really liked much of the fill here, incl. the whole NE corner, BANSHEE, VERVE, and LONG RUN (46D: Period extending well into the future). Frustratingly, I got held up on the very last answer I entered—the second [Language of Kenya] clue I encountered, this one the Abbrev. Me: "There's aNOTHer language of Kenya that I should know? Dear lord, what could it ... E- ... oh. Right. OK. Of course. ENGlish." Done.
- 8D: Argentina-based musical ("EVITA") — not sure why the phrasing on the clue seems weird to me. Maybe because its structure seems analogous to that of "plant-based lifeform." A musical whose very substance is Argentina.
- 42D: Trophy for a great college gridder (HEISMAN) — Ha ha. "Gridder." So crosswordy. Reminds me of this joke: a gridder, a cager, and a netman walk into a bar ...
- 49D: Scented bag in a dresser drawer (SACHET) — which rhymes with CACHET, which I always confuse (spelling-wise) with CACHE.
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