Filmmaker Allen / SUN 6-26-11 / Locale for cattail / Game whose name derived Swahili / It landed Pacific Ocean 3/23/01 / Bygone hand weapon
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Constructor: David Levinson Wilk
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: "T Mobile" — Familiar phrases in which "T" switches places with letter next to it, creating wacky phrases, clued "?"-style
Word of the Day: GANEF (18D: Thief, in Yiddish) —
n US slangan unscrupulous opportunist who stoops to sharp practice[from Yiddish, from Hebrew gannābh thief, from gānnabh he stole]
- 23A: Dance seen in a Lincoln Center performance of "Don Giovanni"? (NEW YORK MINUET) — "Dance" in clue, DANCE in "LET'S DANCE" ... but I doubt anyone noticed
- 33A: "None of the leading sales people came in today"? ("ALL BEST ARE OFF")
- 40A: Celebration after a 1964 heavyweight championship? (FETE OF CLAY) — maybe my favorite answer
- 55A: Stirrup? (COWBOY BOOST)
- 71A: Decide to sleep in the nude? (CAST PAJAMAS)
- 81A: What whitewashers apply? (IVORY COATS)
- 88A: Response to the query "Does Ms. Garbo fist-bump?" ("NO, GRETA SHAKES") — wow, that is one forced clue. I guess it beats a clue about Ms. Garbo's not having the dt's.
- 102A: Love before war? (PRE-MARTIAL SEX)
- 20A: Cry from a balcony ("O ROMEO...") — Nice clue. Sounds general, ends up being (very) specific.
- 32A: Locale for a cattail (FEN) — Considering I have no first-hand experience with FENs or cattails, I got this remarkably quickly.
- 68A: Shriners' headwear: Var. (FEZES) — points off for "Var." Bonus points for a "Z."
- 95A: "Rock 'n' Roll is King" band, 1983 (ELO) — it's a 1983 music kind of day, I guess. First "LET'S DANCE," now this:
- 1D: Former German chancellor Adenauer (KONRAD) — started with "C," and then adjusted to accommodate K.D.
- 11D: Country star ___ Lynne (SHELBY) — she did a very fine album of Dusty Springfield covers called "Just a Little Lovin'":
- 16D: Plane over Yemen, maybe (DRONE) — Great clue. Very contemporary.
- 17D: College town just off Interstate 95 (ORONO) — the crosswordiest of college towns. Just as MIR is the crosswordiest of space stations (103D: It landed in the Pacific Ocean on 3/23/01).
- 45D: Bygone hand weapon (BROAD AX) — several years of D&D experience as a kid and I still couldn't come up with this (easily), even with AX in place.
- 59D: Director of the major film debuts of James Dean and Warren Beatty (KAZAN) — really want to read Schickel's bio of KAZAN. Of course I really want to read a LOT of things. It's overwhelming. I probably shouldn't let it stress me out. My wife and daughter just *read*. Me, I always want to be reading the *right* thing, in the *right* order, at the *right* time. I think I'd enjoy reading more if I just did it instead of thinking about it so much.
- 72D: Game whose name is derived from Swahili (JENGA!) — I have literally never played this game. It was created in the '80s, but became really popular (as I remember it) in the '90s, when I was not playing games of any kind at all. Not my favorite decade.
- 85D: Alex of "Webster" (KARRAS) — also [Alex of the Detroit Lions].
- 88D: Southwest Africa's ___ Desert (NAMIB) — just dawned on me that this is probably related somehow to NAMIBIA. Never heard of the desert before.
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