Lowest deck on a ship / TUE 6-19-12 / Orbiter of Mars / Jesse who pitched 1252 games / Jolly Green Giant's outburst / Spies slangily / Main thoroughfare through NYC's Chinatown / Like traditional movies
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Constructor: Steve Riley
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: OH NO! — the only vowel in the grid is "O"
Word of the Day: ORLOP (24D: Lowest deck of a ship) —
(naval architecture) The lowest deck of a ship having four or more decks.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/orlop-deck#ixzz1yCZd2sXi
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ORLOP can also be found at answers.com under the category "obscure words," so if you didn't get know it, as I sure as hell didn't, don't feel too bad.
OTHO (52D: Roman emperor of A.D. 69) and OTTO(S) (20A: Four Holy Roman emperors) together in the same grid before? I didn't even know that was legal. And WTF is ORRS?? (33A: "The Pearl of ___ Island" (Harriet Beecher Stowe novel)) OBOL?? (7D: Ancient Greek coin) ORLOP?? And we won't even touch on the short crosswordese, which goes on an on and on and on. And on. I liked MOTT ST (40A: Main thoroughfare through N.Y.C.'s Chinatown). And HOOCH (25D: Moonshine). And not a lot else. SLOG doesn't even begin to cover it (34D: Trudge).
Consoling words from a friend: "Hey, look on the bright side. At least the clues weren't forced into the theme as well." That side is, indeed, bright.
- 8A: Like traditional movies, for short (TWOD) — i.e. two-dimensional. So ... yeah. This clue is pretty useless. "Traditional"? How about [Like 99.9% of movies ever made]?
- 23A: Jolly Green Giant's outburst ("HO HO HO") — because "F*&^ you, Sprout!" wouldn't fit.
- 43A: Orbiter of Mars (PHOBOS) — The ORLOP / PHOBOS crossing was a total guess. I also had to guess the "B" in PHOBOS / BONKS. Pure luck that it all worked out. Of course I did have HOOF / SPOOFS at 58A: Catchy musical phrase / 41D: Spies, slangily, before I double-checked the puzzle (it's HOOK / SPOOKS). HOOF relates to dance, right? Which is musical, right? No idea how SPOOFS are spies. I didn't really think it through.
- 4D: Jesse who pitched a major-league record 1,252 games (OROSCO) — Wow, is that right? I had no idea he was around that long. I'm guessing many, many solvers have no idea who he is at all. I knew him instantly—the only question was whether his name had an "S" or a "Z". I guessed right.