Victor at Gettysburg / WED 9-12-12 / When repeated hit 1997 movie / Tokyo-based carrier / Edson Arantes do Nascimento to fans / City founded by Pizarro in 1535 / Letter to Odin / Palace of Nations locale
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Constructor: Robert W. Harris
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: Move the S — familiar two-word phrases where the second word begins in "S" are clued as if the "S" is the possessive ending of the first word; wackiness ensues.
Word of the Day: Harvard's NIEMAN Foundation for Journalism (45D) —
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University is the primary journalism institution at Harvard. It was founded in 1938 as the result of a $1 million bequest by Agnes Wahl Nieman, the widow of Lucius W. Nieman, founder of The Milwaukee Journal. She stated the goal was "to promote and elevate the standards of journalism in the United States and educate persons deemed specially qualified for journalism." It is based at Walter Lippmann House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (wikipedia)
• • •NIEMAN Journalism Lab at Harvard (@NiemanLab), which is the *only* way I know that name. Not sure how I started following them in the first place, but ... who cares!? That little bit of knowledge probably took 20-30 seconds off my time. You're always in good shape when you are at least familiar with all the puzzle's proper nouns, as I was today. Les NESSMAN, check (31A: WKRP's Les). Whatever his name is MEADE, check (37A: Victor at Gettysburg). "LIAR, LIAR," check (1A: When repeated, a hit 1997 movie). Even when the clues seemed mysterious, the answers always ended up being very familiar. See LIMA (19A: City founded by Pizarro in 1535), PELE (36A: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, to fans), and GENEVA (43D: Palace of Nations locale).
- 17A: Index, middle, ring and pinkie fingers? (THUMB'S CREW) — my favorite theme clue of the day
- 29A: "Lord, make me impervious to Raid?" (BUG'S PRAYER)
- 43A: Reason everyone whispered during the afternoon on Gilligans' island? (GINGER'S NAP)
- 57A: Excursion for Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock? (COMIC'S TRIP)
- 21A: Loudness units (BELS) — See also SONE, another loudness unit I've never seen anywhere but crosswords.
- 10A: Tokyo-based carrier (JAL) — The one other important Japanese aviation-related crossword answer I can think of is NARITA (Tokyo's airport).
- 25D: Letter to Odin? (RUNE) — Cute clue. I'm technically a medievalist (if my Ph.D. is to be believed), so, no problem here.