Ceremonial military outfit / THU 10-4-12 / Character with tagline Booyakasha / Image on ET poster / WW II general nicknamed bombs away / Director of Witches 1990 / Mobutu Seko African despot / Feature of Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc / Kato Kaelin portrayer on SNL
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Constructor: Bill Thompson
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: ECLIPSE — puzzle note: "The seven circled letters reading from top to bottom describe an event occurring at four locations in this puzzle." Four black squares are "eclipsing" the word SUN (in the Across answer) and MOON (in the Down).
Word of the Day: LEMAY (65A: W.W. II general nicknamed "Bombs Away") —
Curtis Emerson LeMay (November 15, 1906 – October 1, 1990) was a general in the United States Air Force and the vice presidential running mate of American Independent Party presidential candidate George Wallace in 1968.He is credited with designing and implementing an effective, but also controversial, systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific theater of World War II. During the war, he was known for planning and executing a massive bombing campaign against cities in Japan and a crippling minelaying campaign of Japan's internal waterways. After the war, he headed the Berlin airlift, then reorganized theStrategic Air Command (SAC) into an effective instrument of nuclear war. (wikipedia)
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CERO" or "IAMA" here and there.
- DRES [sun] IFORM / [moon] SHOT
- CHOCOLATE [sun] DAE / "PAPER [moon]"
- GOE [sun] DERGROUND / [moon] LIGHT
- LEAVE [sun] SAID / FULL [moon]
MRAZ / ROEG intersection (I want to say "R" is the only reasonable guess, but if you don't know Jason MRAZ, that name seems impossible) (53D: Singer Jason / 60A: Director of "The Witches," 1990). And if you don't know MR. MIYAGI (53A: "Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything" speaker), well you are well and truly ****ed in that corner. That's a lot of pop culture names in one little section. Never saw "Monsters, Inc." but somehow could picture the character in question, so ONE EYE was remarkably easy (47D: Feature of Mike Wazowski in "Monsters, Inc."). Got a couple of theme answers without realizing they were theme answers. "SHOT? ... I guess ... CHOCOLATE? ... does Dairy Queen just serve CHOCOLATE? ... OK." Crosswording experience got me R.U.R. (27A: Classic play whose title is an abbreviation) and ALI G (11D: Character with the tagline "Booyakasha!") pretty easily (the former should be easy for any constant solver, the latter probably a little less so). And I have an odd affection for the highly dated clue on DAVID SPADE (32D: Kato Kaelin portrayer on "S.N.L."), even though I don't remember his portrayal at all. Clue on FERN was hard / nuts (69A: Crayola color since 1998). Aside from LEMAY, of whom I'd never heard, nothing besides the general difficulty of the theme answers slowed me up much.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld