Remote-sensing orbiter / THU 9-20-12 / Crasher of 1979 / Laughable Lyrics writer / New Jersey setting Coneheads / Ottoman Empire founder / Whence phrase Put not your trust in princes / Radial choices / Seasoning from laurel tree / 1963 Johnny Cash hit
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Constructor: John R. Conrad
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: FIRE rebus — six FIRE squares, one in each corner and two more closer to the center
Word of the Day: LANDSAT (17A: Remote-sensing orbiter) —
Any of various satellites operated by U.S. government organizations, used to gather data for constructing images of the Earth's surface.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/landsat#ixzz26yV9lzEa
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LEAR (6D: "Laughable Lyrics" writer) and whatever that song (song?) is cluing AMY (19A: "Once in Love With ___") clearly comes from a cultural world I don't really live in much, if at all. They can't all be in my wheelhouse, sadly. I kept waiting for the boom or pow or bang, and instead it was just the hum and occasionally clang of basic machinery, doing what it does, chugging away, giving me this very serviceable, workmanlike rebus puzzle. If there'd been another layer to the FIRE motif, maybe I'd be able to work up more enthusiasm here.
- FIRE AT WILL
- LINE OF FIRE
- CEASE FIRE
- RING OF FIRE (65A: 1963 Johnny Cash hit)
- FIRESTONES (64A: Radial choices) — read this as [Radical choices]; trouble followed
- FIRE ALARM
- FIRE BOMB
OSMAN, as I am wont to do—valid answer, not great fill (52D: Ottoman Empire founder). If I were named OSMAN and I founded an empire, I'd call it, I don't know, the Osmanian Empire, or Osmandu. Or Narnia. Ottoman Empire is what I'd call my empire if my name were Otto. What else—wanted PASSAIC for PARAMUS because ... "Coneheads?" What year is it? If you want me to get PARAMUS, I'm gonna need to see "mall" in the clue (38D: New Jersey setting for "Coneheads"). Wanted nothing for ARIES (49A: Friendly if a bit careless sort, supposedly) because astrology is bullshit and how in the world is this clue valid? Might've had some trouble with SKYLAB except I had -LAB before I ever saw the clue, and so knew the answer before I even looked (41A: Crasher of 1979).
For some reason the clue on PSALMS (38A: Whence the phrase "Put not your trust in princes") has put this song in my head, so I'll leave you with it. (You'll be happy it's not this) Good day!
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld