Famed batter in 1888 poem / WED 4-11-12 / Muckraker Tarbell / TV host with college degree in speech therapy / Radical Mideast group / Rangers on sports ticker
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Constructor: David Kwong
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: Three Strikes — Clue [Strike] is used for three answers, with a tie-in to the poem "CASEY at the Bat" (38A: Famed batter in an 1888 poem) and the phrase "NO JOY IN MUDVILLE" (from the poem's penultimate line) (58A: Result of three strikes for 38-Across)
Word of the Day: PLEB (32D: Commoner) —
A commoner; a plebeian.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/pleb#ixzz1rh8HWm4E
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CHICKLIT (4D: Women's fiction, slangily) and then ... the rest. Anyway, this puzzle happened. Tomorrow is another day.
- MILITARY ASSAULT
- LABOR PROTEST (I had PROBLEM at first)
- BOWLING SCORE
- 11D: One in a mint? (UNUM) — this is my favorite clue (though not my favorite answer), and the one part of the puzzle that slowed me down. I somehow went with REDO over UNDO (16A: "Go back," on an edit menu) at first, and that didn't help matters up there.
- 33D: TV host with a college degree in speech therapy (LENO) — still not funny.
- 59D: Muckraker Tarbell (IDA) — Crosswordese royalty. I do like the word "Muckraker."
- 25D: Religious mosaic locale (APSE) — I had no idea APSEs were known for their mosaics. I don't spend a lot of time in APSEs. Or QUAINT Disney shops, or ZALES, for that matter.