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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Constructor: Joon Pahk
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: Jay-Z — Familiar phrases have "J" sounds turned to "Z" sounds, creating wacky phrases, which are clued "?"-style
Word of the Day: TICO (64A: New Zealand : Kiwi :: Costa Rica : ___) —
Tico is a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica. The plural form is ticos. // Costa Ricans are usually referred to as ticos by themselves and persons of other Spanish-speaking countries, instead of using the more-formal costarricense. Some dictionaries show the formal name as costarriquenses. (wikipedia)
- 17A: Greek god of fake tans? (ORANGE ZEUS)
- 24A: "Galifianakis wants you to call him back?" ("PHONE ZACH")
- 38A: Madhouse at a G.O.P. convention? (CONSERVATIVE ZOO) — I was surprised by this answer, though I'm not sure why. A "conservative Jew" is certainly a thing. I've seen sensitivity from some of my readers when the word JEW appears, in just about any context. But this answer is innocuous, I think. Nothing like, say, JEWFRO (which I also think is innocuous, but which was not seen that way by many that one time it appeared in the NYT puzzle).
- 48A: Informal erotic reading? (BLUE 'ZINES) — I don't think of "formality" as the issue where 'ZINES are concerned. 'ZINES are cheaply and independently produced, but the writing / content can be any quality whatsoever. Anyway, what is "formal" erotic reading? "Black Tie Swingers!"?
- 59A: Famous Amos, e.g. (COOKIE CZAR) — "CZAR" appears to be making a comeback. Seems like it had been a while since I'd seen it, and now twice this week.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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