Symbol of the Virgin Mary / THU 3-15-12 / Mussorgsky's "Pictures __ Exhibition" / TV journalist Lisa / Swiss city where William Tell shot an apple
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Constructor: Kristian House
Relative difficulty: Whatever
Hello, CrossWorld! PuzzleGirl here with a quick take on your Thursday puzzle. It's gonna have to be quick because I have more packing to do! I'm off to Brooklyn in the morning and am SO looking forward to the weekend that no doubt will be filled with communion and hilarity in roughly equal measure. Can't wait!
So why did I agree to do this stupid write-up when I obviously have more important things to do? That's an excellent question. I'd love to convince you that it's because I miss you all desperately and am excited every time I'm presented with the opportunity to hang out with you here. In truth, though, I'm pretty sure it's because I'm (1) an idiot or (2) a Really Really good friend. Or possibly both. So, anyway, is there a puzzle we should talk about?
THEME: It's all about the leprechauns — An apostrophe added to the middle of the word "of" in familiar phrases creates new wacky phrases just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
- 20A: Impatient leprechaun's concern on an airplane? (SPEED O' FLIGHT)
- 31A: Degree for a leprechaun who's an expert at finding imperfections? (MASTER O' FLAWS)
- 39A: Leprechaun's book detailing the truth about flounders? (GOSPEL O' FLUKE)
- 50A: Scary legislation introduced by a leprechaun? (BILL O' FRIGHTS)
So there must be something I liked about the puzzle, right? Of course! BAR HOP (12D: Paint the town red, maybe) and BLUE MOON (54A: Rare astronomical event) are pretty sparkly. "Chop-chop" is an awesome clue (7A: ASAP). SEXPOT (64A: Vamp) is sexy. (Obviously.) And with that, ladies and gentlemen, I bid you adieu so I may continue my preparations. Hope to see you sometime in the next few days!