Former Houston footballer / MON 12-12-11 / Gloomy in verse / Dutch painter Jan / Onionlike soup ingredients
Monday, December 12, 2011
Constructor: Gary Cee
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: ERS (37A: Hosp. parts ... or what the answers to the six starred clues each have twice) — six two-word phrases, where both words end in -ER
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I just can't get too excited about a bunch of -ER words. I consider them my mortal enemy. Well, my enemy, at any rate. Hyperbole? Maybe. Yes. But still. I stand by my feelings.
- 17A: *One who's an empty threat (PAPER TIGER)
- 26A: *Willie Mays, positionally (CENTERFIELDER)
- 45A: *What a waiter might be holding when he says "Say when" (PEPPER GRINDER)
- 59A: *Lawn-Boy or Toro product (POWER MOWER)
- 10D: *Enclosure with a manuscript or résumé (COVER LETTER)
- 23D: *Spider-Man's alter ego (PETER PARKER)
- 16A: Woodwind able to provide an orchestra's tuning note (OBOE) — "able to"? That sounds weird. It generally *does* provide said note. What's this "able to"?
- 39: Dutch painter Jan (STEEN) — "Daily life was Jan Steen's main pictorial theme. Many of the genre scenes he portrayed, as in The Feast of Saint Nicholas, are lively to the point of chaos and lustfulness, even so much that a Jan Steen household, meaning a messy scene, became a Dutch proverb (een huishouden van Jan Steen)". (wikipedia)
- 53A: Former Houston footballer (OILER) — the current Houston footballers *just* (yesterday) clinched their first playoff berth ... ever.
- 62A: Actor/songwriter Novello (IVOR) — crosswordese of a pretty high order.