"24" actress Cuthbert / FRI 8-10-12 / "Do-Re-Mi" singer / Pale-green moths / Fastskin maker / Kate who was the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model / Caterpillar bristles
Friday, August 10, 2012
Constructor: John Lampkin
Relative difficulty: Easy-Peasy
SHOOT-OUT was supposed to go (1A: Western highlight), but I only had to check a couple crosses to see that wasn't going to work. I tried FOALS for ROANS (22A: Some colts), which I believe is wrong in several ways. I was thinking COLT was the generic word for a young horse and FOAL was the word used for females, but actually FOAL is both generic and female, and COLT refers to males. (Gareth, please jump in here if I've fouled this up even further.) Seems like most of my missteps were up in that corner, which is where I also wanted GUT for TUM (5D: Belly). Understandable mistake.
Not a fan of the word ORIENTATED (4D: Set right). Like COMMENTATED, it seems convoluted. To be fair, I think COMMENTATE has a more specific meaning than COMMENT these days, but I'm not sure the same is true for ORIENTATED and ORIENT. Discuss.
KO'S (25A: Belts in which stars are seen?) and ORION (26D: Stars in which a belt is seen). I also enjoyed the trickiness of (51A: Army outfits) for BRIGADES. I was definitely thinking clothing. Highlights in the grid for me include:
- HARRUMPH (15A: Protest pompously)
- I'LL GET IT (57A: Cry before answering)
- THE ROYAL WEDDING (8D: Instant-book title of 1981 or 2011)
- 9A: "24" actress Cuthbert (ELISHA). I'm pretty sure she played Jack Bauer's daughter. I knew her name was common but with an uncommon spelling. First thing that came to my mind was LIZBETH.
- 17A: It's in the neighborhood (ESTIMATE). Have you all seen "Midnight Run"? You know how a lot of people have a "Seinfeld" line for everything? For me, it's "Sports Night" and "Midnight Run."
Jack: How much is in here?
Jon: Neighborhood of $300,000.
Jack: That's a, tha t's a ... a very, uh, respectable neighborhood.
- 24A: People's Sexiest Man Alive after Swayze (NOLTE). Hard to believe at this point, isn't it?
- 31A: Comcast Center athlete, briefly (TERP). I totally didn't get this. And it's funny because Doug Peterson clued TERP as a "Cole Field House athlete" in a puzzle not too long ago (Washington Post Puzzler maybe? Can't remember) and I thought "Why does that sound so familiar to me ... ??" Oh yeah, because I went to the University of Maryland. Not getting this one is understandable though, because the Comcast Center wasn't built until approximately 100 years after I graduated.
- 42A: One of a pair in "Popeye" (PEE). Here we go with the "literal letter" clues. See also HARD G (45A: Start to go?).
- 14D: Half-and-half half (ALE). What's the other half? I was thinking coffee.
- 33D: Hit ___ run (A HOME). If you were looking for a clunker, here it is.