Former congresswoman Bella / MON 4-9-12 / Synthesizer designer Robert / Quantum mechanics pioneer Robert / Mattress invaders / Deadly 1966 hurricane with Spanish derived name
Monday, April 9, 2012
Constructor: Nancy Kavanaugh
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: Tasty — theme answers begin with categories of taste:
- SOUR GRAPES (17A: Negative reaction to failure)
- SALTY LANGUAGE (23A: Sort of words that sailors are famous for) —whoa, is that the etymology? A sailor can be a "salt," so ... swearing = SALTY LANGUAGE??? If that is true, I did not know that.
- BITTER ENEMIES (47A: Feuding families, e.g.)
- SWEET TOOTH (57A: Sugar craving)
Very cold; icy: gelid ocean waters. See synonyms at cold.
[Latin gelidus, from gelū, frost.]
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/gelid#ixzz1rUpj9J1w
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What, no UMAMI phrase?
No one should ever put "30 Rock" and "2 Broke Girls" that close together (including me) as they have nothing in common, funny-wise (40D: "2 Broke Girls" and "30 Rock"). Which is to say one is funny, and the other ... isn't. I know Bella ABZUG mostly because she makes a cameo in a Woody Allen movie, I think (22A: Former congresswoman Bella). I know NIELS Bohr (50D: Quantum mechanics pioneer Bohr) and INEZ (44A: Deadly 1966 hurricane with a Spanish-derived name) and MOOG (29A: Synthesizer designer Robert) and AMOS (2D: "Famous" cookie man) from years of doing crosswords. Actually, I know INEZ from my grandma (it's her name). BEDBUGS is creepily timely (10D: Mattress invaders). Wait ... are they still a problem? Haven't heard much about them since 2010. OK, I think that's all folks.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld