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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Constructor: Jeffrey Wechsler
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: What X has? — three pairs of theme answers. First answer of each pair is just an answer, while second has a clue that asks [What [the first one] has?], a clue which is meant to be taken literally; thus HAAGEN-DAZS has a HIDDEN AGENDA, because "AGENDA" is "HIDDEN" inside the answer "HAAGEN-DAZS" ...
Word of the Day: LEO Gorcey (25D: Actor Gorcey) —
Leo Bernard Gorcey (June 3, 1917 – June 2, 1969) was an American stage and movie actor who became famous for portraying on film the leader of the group of young hooligans known variously as the Dead End Kids, The East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys. Always the most pugnacious member of the gangs he participated in, young Leo was the filmic prototype of the young punk. He was the shortest and the oldest of the original gang. (wikipedia)
- 16A: Food product whose name is an example of "foreign branding" (HAAGEN-DAZS)
- 22A: What 16-Across has? (HIDDEN AGENDA)
- 28A: Guest worker, e.g. (RESIDENT ALIEN)
- 39A: What 28-Across has? (DENTAL FILLING) — this is the answer that caused me to get the theme. Took a few, awkward seconds.
- 46A: Ribbon-cutting event (GRAND OPENING)
- 58A: What 46-Across has? (INSIDE DOPE)
- 21A: Thousand-dollar sums, slangily (GEES) — I would not write out "GEE" like that. Just the letter. Five Gs, e.g.
- 24A: Quark-binding particle (GLUON) — all the -ONs, (MU- GLU- etc.) I know about only from crosswords. "Glue" binds, so GLUON is one of the easier -ONs to remember.
- 27A: Hobby farm denizens (ANTS) — Are there other "hobby farms" besides ANT farms?
- 2D: Computer serviced at Genius Bars (IMAC) — *might be* serviced at Genius Bars (which is just the name of service desks in Apple stores).
- 7D: Former NPR host Hansen (LIANE) — Will's weekly interlocutor for many years.
- 47D: Piece of kabuki costumery (OBI) — I'm just including this because I like the word "costumery."
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