Nixon aide Maurice / TUE 9-6-11 / Frilly neckwear / Ticket usable on more than one trip / Suffix with brigand / Cleveland Orchestra conductor George
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Constructor: Susan Gelfand
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging (*for a Tuesday*)
THEME: DOUBLE TIME (59A: Fast marching pace ... or a hint to 16- and 39- Across and 10- and 24-Down) — two-word phrases where each word can follow "TIME" in a familiar phrase:
- TRAVEL CARD (16A: Ticket usable on more than one trip)
- ZONE OUT (39A: Become oblivious to one's surroundings)
- TRIAL PERIOD (10D: Interval in which something is tested)
- SLOT MACHINE (24D: Las Vegas staple)
Word of the Day: Brigandine (45A: Suffix with brigand) —
A brigandine is a form of body armour from the Middle Ages. It is a cloth garment, generally canvas or leather, lined with small oblong steel plates riveted to the fabric. // The form of the brigandine is essentially the same as the civilian doublet, though it is commonly sleeveless. However, depictions of brigandine armour with sleeves are known. Many brigandines appear to have had larger, somewhat 'L-shaped' plates over the lungs. The rivets, or nails, attaching the plates to the fabric are often decorated, being gilt or of latten and often embossed with a design. // Modern flak jackets and ballistic vests are based on the same principle: a protective cloth vest containing metal plates. (wikipedia)
- 20A: When repeated, cry to a vampire ("DIE!") — a recycled clue that I wish would respond to its own cry.
- 50A: Like maps, iguanas and rock walls (SCALED) — also, like some brigandines.
- 8D: Raring to go (ARDENT) — EAGER I buy as an answer to this clue. ARDENT, not so much.
- 56D: "The Godfather" author (PUZO) — coincidentally, I started (re-)watching "Superman" (1978) today on Netflix. Amazing space-agey opening credits, during which I was mildly taken aback to find Mario PUZO's name zooming up at me in blue laser lights; I'd forgotten he (co-)wrote the script.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld