Composer Dominick whose name means silver in Italian / THU 11-1-12 / Princess known as Defender of Elijans / role that garnered 12 consecutive unsuccessful Emmy nominations 1985-96 / Fredric March's last film / Tributary of High Rhine
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Constructor: George Barany and Victor Barocas
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: BLIND [c]ARBON [c]OPY (73A: With 74- & 75-Across, "invisible" part of a distribution list ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme) — theme answers are 3-part grid-spanners where each of the two black squares represents the letter "C" (because the "C" and the "C" are "BLIND"...)
Word of the Day: LALLY column (2D: ___ column (construction piece)) —
A lally column is round thin walled structural steel column oriented vertically to provide support to beams or timbers stretching over long spans. A lally column is filled with concrete to prevent buckling. The advantage of a lally column over conventional structural steel is the ability to cut it to length on a construction site with simple hand tools such as a plumber’s pipe cutter. Lally columns are generally not as strong or durable as conventional structural steel columns. The term “lally column” is sometimes incorrectly used in reference to other types of prefabricated steel columns.The lally column is named after a U. S. inventor, John Lally, who owned a construction company that started production of these columns in the late 19th century. He resided in Waltham, Massachusetts and Boston during the period 1898 through 1907. He was issued four U. S. Patents on composite columns: #61472, #869869, #901453,and #905888. Pat. #869869 was assigned to the U. S. Column Company of Cambridge, MA. (wikipedia)
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SOHIO, -EAL, ONER, LALLY, ASE, SAR, EFOR, AREAR, etc.), but at least it's all gettable. Maybe if this puzzle had been titled "The Black Sea" or something different, I would feel more warmly about it. Again, I do admire the number and symmetricality of the theme answers.
- 1A: sports news of 1919 (BLAcK SOX ScANDAL)
- 17A: Toys "R" Us department (ELEcTRONIcGAMES)
- 34A: Frederic March's last film ("THE IcEMAN cOMETH")
- 45A: like some student activities (EXTRAcURRIcULAR)
- 64A: role that garnered 12 consecutive unsuccessful Emmy nominations, 1985-96 (JESSIcA FLETcHER) — of "Murder, She Wrote," played by Angela Lansbury; I could think only of ERIcA KANE.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld