Early Westinghouse collaborator / TUE 8-21-12 / Old Indian ruler / Father of dialectical idealism / Lincoln moniker / Chair designer Charles / Emperor of A.D. 69
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Constructor: Josh Knapp
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: PLO(pening) — familiar phrases have PL- added to their beginnings, creating wacky phrases, clued "?"-style
Word of the Day: OTHO (28D: Emperor of A.D. 69) —
Otho (Latin: Marcus Salvius Otho Caesar Augustus; 28 April 32 – 16 April 69), was Roman Emperor for three months, from 15 January to 16 April 69. He was the second emperor of the Year of the Four Emperors. (wikipedia)
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PLEAT MY SHORTS.
- 18A: Magazine for arithmetic lovers? (PLUS WEEKLY)
- 24A: Bizarre demand to a dry cleaner? (PLEAT MY SHORTS)
- 39A: Zales or Tiffany's (PLACE OF DIAMONDS)
- 51A: Overfish? (PLUNDER THE SEA)
- 60A: Light shower? (PLACID RAIN)
- 9A: Old Indian ruler (RAJAH) — I'm used to think of RAJA(H)s and RANEEs as timeless entities, because they are and will forever be part of the crossword landscape. So "Old" actually took me aback a little.
- 33A: Took part in a bee, British-style (SPELT) — Awk. phrasing. I don't think one can take part in something "British-style." You spell or you don't spell. I get that it's the spelling of SPELT that's British, but ... still. Also, do they even have spelling bees in Britain? SPELT is a grain. I'd go that way.
- 44A: Early Westinghouse collaborator (TESLA) — was expecting a name associated with dishwashers, not physics.
- 57A: Philosopher who was the father of dialectical idealism (HEGEL) — I don't think I've ever seen the phrase "dialectical idealism" before. The "dialectic" part tipped me to HEGEL.
- 66A: Chair designer Charles (EAMES) — recently saw a great documentary on him and his (largely unHERALDed) designer wife Ray.
- 9D: Bounce around a canyon, say (REECHO) — ouch.
- 10D: Lincoln moniker (ABE) — "Moniker" made me think answer would be something more nicknamey.
- 28D: Emperor of A.D. 69 (OTHO) — my only real misstep of the puzzle. I had the final "O" and wrote in NERO. I was off by ... one year.
- 34D: N.Y.U.'s ___ School of the Arts (TISCH) — learned it from xwords, and it seems to have stuck.
- 53D: Taste that's not sweet, sour, bitter or salty (UMAMI) —I see this word a lot in the world of vegan cooking—can be challenging to get UMAMI flavor into dishes w/o meat.
- 59D: Pope who excommunicated Martin Luther (LEO X) — had the "X," so LEO went right in—only three-letter Pope I know.