Heraldic band / THU 8-16-12 / Hipster Captiol worker after collapsing / Singer with 1986 #1 album Promise / Cyclades setting / Speaker of line Listen to them children of night
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Constructor: Ethan Cooper
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: Keyboard words — wacky phrases made out of words on keyboard keys; clued "?"-style
Word of the Day: CCC (1D: New Deal work program, for short) —
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 17–23. A part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, it provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide employment for young men in relief families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 2.5 million young men participated in the CCC, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a small wage of $30 a month ($25 of which had to be sent home to their families). (wikipedia)
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BAG CLIP (41D: Twist-tie alternative). Not a phrase I've ever said, though I know exactly what is meant by the phrase. We have several in the house. I think we call them CHIP CLIPS. Maybe we call them "clips." Or maybe we even call them BAG CLIPs and I somehow haven't noticed. Anyway, I had BAG and nothing at all made sense to me as a follower. Also, the things I clip with a (so-called) BAG CLIP are not at All things I would twist tie. I twist tie the plastic bag the bread comes in, or the plastic bags I put my vegetables in at the store. I clip bags that are not amenable to being twist-tied. So BAG CLIP is not so much an alternative as it is a completely different (if parallel) closing mechanism.
You didn't expect so much attention to be devoted to BAG CLIP, did you? You probably thought "He'll probably say he's seen this before and isn't impressed" or "he's gonna hate ORLE" (60A: Heraldic band) or "I'll bet he says something about how this is the second time we've seen a reference to WERNER Klemperer in recent days." But no—BAG CLIP! Excitement!
- 20A: Prison guard system? (ESCAPE CONTROL)
- 30A: Hipster Capitol Hill worker after collapsing? (ALT-PAGE DOWN) — goofy, but enjoyable
- 39A: Bill at the "Star Wars" cantina (SPACE BAR TAB) — I like this
- 52A: Restyle a bit of a D.C. hockey player's hair? (SHIFT CAP'S LOCK) — supergoofy, to the point of preposterousness. And why not?
- 48A: Company that introduced coin-slide washer in laundromats (MAYTAG) — sure, why not? That makes sense. Tougher than a clue referring to their iconic repairman.
- 63A: Singer with the 1986 #1 album "Promise" (SADE) — Default position for my brain is roughly 1986, so stuff like this tends to be my bread and butter.
- 3D: Cyclades setting (AEGEAN SEA) — was having real trouble closing out the NW until I picked up this baby.
- 51D: Two-finger salute (V-SIGN) — ha ha. I like how there is no indication of what the V-SIGN is supposed to mean in this case. It has ... multiple meanings. Clue allows you to think "peace" or "victory," but also allows you to be like me, and imagine someone gesturing "up yours!"