Funky Cold Medina rapper Tone / WED 7-18-12 / Wife of Augustus / Doughboy's headgear / Gershon of Showgirls
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Constructor: David Levinson Wilk
Relative difficulty: Wednesdayish
THEME: Same-Sex Marriage — Men are brought together in gridly matrimony.
Word of the Day: PETRICHOR (Not actually in the puzzle, but it's awesome) —
Petrichor is the scent of rain on dry earth. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning stone + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian researchers, Bear and Thomas, for an article in the journal Nature. In the article, the authors describe how the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, producing the distinctive scent. (Wikipedia)
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Greetings, Rextarians. The smarter half of DougKat is in the house, bringing you your daily dose of blog. Fun puzzle today. Let's get to it.
- 16A: 1864's March to the Sea? (SHERMAN MANEUVER)
- 22A: Something once consulted before plugging in headphones? (WALKMAN MANUAL)
- 37A: Wearing togas and saying "Ave," e.g.? (ROMAN MANNERISMS)
- 47A: The Marshall plan, e.g.? (TRUMAN MANDATE)
- 57A: Hot-button issue hinted at by 16-, 22-, 37- and 47-Across? (SAME-SEX MARRIAGE)
My favorite entry/clue was ROMAN MANNERISMS. It was goofy enough to tickle my funny bone. I thought TRUMAN MANDATE was a little boring, until I realized that a MAN DATE could eventually lead to a SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Gives that entry a little more oomph. And here's one for the ladies: The champion calf roper always used a FIRST-CLASS LASSO.
- 8D: Tennis's Ivanovic (ANA) — Looks like she's getting married at 45 Down. Congratulations!
- 10A: "Funky Cold Medina" rapper Tone ___ (LOC) — I just noticed all the names in the upper right corner. Some of you may have gotten all Naticked up. I know Tone Lōc, but he's not exactly in the rap pantheon. If you're a little older than me or a little younger than me, he might not be on your radar at all. I guess I'm in the Tone Lōc sweet spot.
- 12D: Psychologist Jung (CARL) — Uh oh, I know people are going to put KARL here and get Tone Lōk for 10A. Actually Tone Lōk looks cooler and more rappy than Tone Lōc, so I wouldn't even count that as an error.
- 45A: Words after count or clue (MEIN) — I know a place in Chinatown that has great clue mein.
- 31D / 33D: Actress Thurman / Actress Rigg who played the only Bond girl to wed 007 (UMA / DIANA) — This reminds me of the time I put UMA into a puzzle with the clue [She played Emma in "The Avengers"]. Man, I got so many angry comments on that clue. Diana Rigg has some hardcore fans. To make it up to them, I've included this sexy photo from "The Avengers." Enjoy!
- 51D: Author depicted next to a steamboat on a 2011 stamp (TWAIN) — The post office loses billions of dollars a year, right? I've got a genius idea to get them back in the black. Why not sell ad space on postage stamps? I'm sure Coke or Disney or Nike or somebody would pay to have their logos and products plastered on postage stamps. Believe me, if there were official "The Dark Knight Rises" postage stamps, I'd be in line at the post office everyday.
P.S. [from Rex]: Hey everyone. Hope you're enjoying the hard work of my substitutes while I'm in New Zealand. I'll be back on the job a week from today. In the meantime, please enjoy this article I wrote for Rock Cellar Magazine about crosswords, music, and an assortment of new books from some the best independent constructors in the business: "A Crossword Puzzle Revolution? Indie Puzzle-Makers and the Music that Moves Them" (Rock Cellar Magazine, July '12). If you enjoy it, please tell a friend. Or Friend. Or "Friend." Or many friends. Thanks to all my stand-ins, and I'll see you next week—RP