Where Samson slew Philistines / THU 4-21-11 / Popular 1920s-'50s Harlem ballroom / Dormant volcano near Iranian border / Old Eur. realm
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Constructor: Julian Lim
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: Homophonic clues — Long answers are instructions on how to solve the puzzle: "EACH ONE WORD CLUE / IN THIS PUZZLE / IS A HOMOPHONE / OF ITS ACTUAL CLUE"
Word of the Day: RIAA (2D: Org. that certifies gold and platinum) —
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trust that represents the recording industry distributors in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA say "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States" [...] The RIAA participates in the collective rights management of sound recording. The association is also responsible for certifying gold and platinum albums and singles in the USA. (wikipedia)
- 10A: Lessons (EBBS)
- 35A: Urn (MAKE)
- 38A: Bolder (ROCK)
- 62A: Tails (LORE)
- 63A: Pores (RAINS)
- 8D: Add (SPOT) — Got this before I got the theme, figuring that somehow these words were related because "SPOT" could mean "loan," and if I SPOT you ten dollars, I loan you ten dollars, then I "add" ten dollars ... to your pocket?
- 10D: Flea (ESCAPE)
- 23D: Sail (AUCTION)
- 27D: Chews (TAKE) — "CHEW" is in the grid (6D: Munch on=>CHEW UP) :(
- 54D: Waist (RUIN)
- 30A: Feature of most paintings of Jesus (BEARD) — that's inspired, and way nicer than my first thought, HALO or EMACIATED TORSO.
- 40A: Where Samson slew the Philistines (LEHI) — this one was unknown to me. That "H" was tough to put in, as I somehow imagined that 37D: "Feels won-n-nderful!" should be AAH, not AHH.
- 41A: Popular 1920s-'50s Harlem ballroom, with "the" (SAVOY) — got it off the "Y." Know it from a song ... something at the SAVOY. Hoppin'? Jumpin'? STOMPIN'!
- 45A: Dormant volcano near the Iranian border (ARARAT) — this mountain usually receives a biblical clue, so it was *kind* of hidden here ... but not very.
- 28D: Old Eur. realm (HRE) — Holy Roman Empire. Once again, crossword instincts kick in—filled this in with no crosses.
- 41D: Unread part of a movie review, maybe (SPOILER) — I don't get it. Do reviews mark the parts that are SPOILERs? I've never seen such a thing. If you don't want a movie spoiled, don't read reviews ... and anyway, most mainstream reviews do not "spoil" movies.
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