Monday, August 13, 2012
Constructor: Gareth Bain
Relative difficulty: Medium
- OCEAN LINER (18A: Luxury craft crossing the Atlantic, say)
- MOULIN ROUGE (23A: Paris cabaret)
- SOLID FOUNDATION (39A: Good grounding)
- COCOA POWDER (53A: Spooned-out Nestlé product)
Word of the Day: Burkina FASO (40D: Burkina ___ (African land)) —
Burkina Faso (i/ / bər-kee-nə fah-soh; French: [buʁkina faso]) – also known by its short-form name Burkina – is a landlocked country in west Africa. It is surrounded by six countries:Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the southwest. The country's capital is Ouagadougou. (wikipedia)
• • •Nice little Monday puzzle from Dr. Bain, with only ALII to really harsh my buzz. Once again I am dividing my attention between this write-up and my TV screen, as I witness / comment on the astonishing combination of nostalgia and nonsense that is the London Olympics closing ceremony. Three words: giant inflatable octopus. I'm muting it now since it's just Brian May doing a guitar solo (no offense, but he's not nearly as riveting as the Spice Girls singing from the tops of moving taxis).
ON THE WHOLE (30D: Considered from all sides), quite possibly because I thought "Considered" was a verb at first. Had ONTHEW and still didn't catch on. Also wondered out loud (or in my head, I forget) if there was anyone who didn't know how to spell DIONNE Warwick's first name (5D: "Walk On By" singer Warwick). Because if you thought DEONNE was plausible, then you could've had some trouble at 15A: Harden (to) (INURE).
III is not great fill, but I sort of like the grandfather clock route (36D: "East" on a grandfather clock). ELO (33D: "Livin' Thing" rock grp.) just performed ... scratch that ... ELO's music was just played loudly at the closing ceremony ("Mr. Blue Sky"), causing a certain cherub-faced constructor to (virtually, Twitterfully) squeal with joy. So far, for me, the best moment of the closing ceremony (by a long shot) was Eric Idle singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," if only for the fact that yes, he did in fact get to sing the line "Life's a piece of shit / When you look at it." Bleeped, but as my speedsolver friend KH said (virtually, Facebookly) "It counts!" Where were we? Ah yes, my inability to tell the FAA from the FCC from the TSA (31D: Org. conducting airport searches), and my apparent inability to tell the difference between GELD (26D: Desex, as a stallion) and GILD. You probably don't want to let me anywhere near your horse, unless you want his balls painted gold. Then I'm your man.
And with that, AEIOU. I mean adieu.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld