Objet ___ / THU 8-9-12 / "... and she bare ___": Ruth 4:13 / Island with a Hindu majority / 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics / "Fame" actress / Language known to native speakers as Gaelg
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Constructor: Joe Krozel
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: TIC TAC TOE
SSSS (62A: Flat sound). I don't care who ya are, that's just ugly.) Some of the long entries just sit there, but none of them are terrible and I especially like TOMATO SOUP (11D: Classic Andy Warhol subject), IT'S USELESS (20A: "There's no hope!") and, obviously, YES INDEEDY (31D: "You betcha!"). Also, RED SNAPPER (43A: Common restaurant fish). There was a lot of fish in this puzzle, right? That wasn't just me the non-fish eater noticing that?
- 5A: They're seen on the neck (FRETS). Guitar neck that is.
- 14A: Turning point (AXLE). I tried AXIS first, but that made 3D (Form of relief) look like it was going to be AIDS and that doesn't really fit the clue at all now does it?
- 15A: Caravan parking spot? (OASIS). Cute.
- 25A: Imitator of Bush the elder on "S.N.L." (DANA CARVEY)
- 40A:"The First Time EVER I Saw Your Face" (Roberta Flack #1 hit). For some reason I can never keep Roberta Flack and Dionne Warwick straight. They live in the same part of my brain. I knew you'd want to know that.
- 46A: Turn blue, maybe (DYE). That Y was the last letter I entered and before I checked the cross, it looked like the answer was going to be DIE, which I thought was in pretty poor taste.
- 13D: 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics (BART CONNER). Has anybody here ever met him?
- 25D: Playmakers? (DRAMATISTS). Timely, as the New York International Fringe Festival starts this week. (By the way, if you're in New York and you're a Fringe-y type, you might check out my cousin's show, An Interrogation Primer.)
- 27D: "Fame" actress (NIA PEEPLES). Wait, there was someone in that show other than Irene Cara??
[Quick note: Ryan Hecht, co-founder of Lollapuzzoola has completely lost his mind and decided to run marathons. As part of that insanity, he's raising money for the ASPCA and is giving away a set of original puzzles by a bunch of big-time constructors, including Doug Peterson and Andrea Carla Michaels, in exchange for a $15 donation. If you're interested, all the info is here.]