1863 speech opener / WED 3-14-12 / Relatives of aardwolves / Hit 1942 film with song Love is Song / He wrote Jupiter from on high laughs at lovers perjuries / Lake of cryptozoological interest
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Constructor: Dave Sarpola
Relative difficulty: Easy
Word of the Day: OILER (26D: Titan, once) —
The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee,United States. They are members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. The Oilers won the first two AFL championships, before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger. (wikipedia)
• • •This is a very nice grid. The theme ... not interested. Didn't notice it, don't think of PI DAY as anything that anyone actually "celebrates"—more just an occasion for people to make nerdy observations on Facebook. St. Patrick's Day, *that's* a mid-March celebration. PI DAY is some made-up, inherently imprecise baloney. Further, we've had PI DAY puzzles before. Or puzzle, I guess. At least one. It was a PI rebus. Five years ago. Nothing wrong with doing another one. It's a stupid non-holiday; that's my only objection to this puzzle. As a themeless puzzle (which is how it played, lack of difficulty aside), I like it just fine.
- 18A: Like some sloths (THREE-TOED)
- 25A: Bookie's concern (POINT SPREAD)
- 44A: Most stand-up comedy acts (ONE-MAN SHOWS)
- 57A: 1863 speech opener (FOUR SCORE...)
- 1A: Hit 1942 film with the song "Love is a Song" ("BAMBI") — tough clue (for me), but with a massive gimme at 1D: "Brandenburg Concertos" composer (BACH), it wasn't hard to turn this title up.
- 22A: Relatives of aardwolves (HYENAS) — wouldn't mine seeing AARDWOLF in a puzzle.
- 54D: He wrote "Jupiter from on high laughs at lovers' perjuries" (OVID) — should've been a gimme for me (classical, four letters), but I blanked. Got every other short Down in that section instantly, though, so no problem.
- 28D: Lake of cryptozoological interest (NESS) — Clue looks fancy, but it's really a gimme. Unless the word "cryptozoological" means nothing to you. Then you're kinda screwed.
- 37D: Kansas City ___, Negro Leagues team with Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Ernie Banks (MONARCHS) — another gimme. Puzzle might've played more like a Wednesday if I hadn't known this (sizable) answer.