Actress Balaban of Last Chance Harvey / THU 5-30-13 / Co-creator of Captain America Hulk / Leste UN member since 2002 / Movado competitor / La Bamba performers / Humbug preceders / Brightest star in Lyra
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Constructor: Julian Lim
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium (more Medium)
THEME: EAST TO WEST (60A: How 17-, 23-, 37- and 51-Across run (in two ways))— theme answers run backward (i.e. literally east to west), and also run from "E" to "W" (i.e. figuratively east to west).
Word of the Day: LIANE Balaban (22D: Actress Balaban of "Last Chance Harvey") —
Liane Balaban (born June 24, 1980) is a Canadian actress. Her film debut was in New Waterford Girl (1999), playing Agnes-Marie "Moonie" Pottie, and has since appeared in the films Definitely, Maybe (2008), Last Chance Harvey (2009), and the independent drama One Week (2008). She has guest-starred on the television series NCIS: Los Angeles, Covert Affairs and Alphas, and joined the cast of Supernatural for its eighth season. (wikipedia)
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OMAR EPPS, LOS LOBOS, and JEANNIE—be utter gimmes, which is what pulled this puzzle toward the Easy side. The backward thing took a little time to pick up on. I had 23-Across ending -TIXE, and I knew no words had that ending. Figured I had an error, but all the crosses held tight. Eventually my eye caught the revealer clue, and even before I knew the revealer answer, I knew my themers were going backward. Once you pick up the conceit, it's not that hard a puzzle. Elinor WYLIE eluded me, and LIANE Balaban, as well as the movie she's clued by, are completely new to me. That's an insane LIANE clue, though I'm guessing that, with the NYT-solving crowd, LIANE Hansen in gonna be just too easy, no matter how you clue her (for years she hosted NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday," a show on which Will Shortz makes a weekly appearance).
- WOFDNABBE (17A: Tidal movement)
- WEIVRETNITIXE (23A: Firm last words?)
- WORCTAE (37A: Take one's licks, in a way)
- WONTISEODYSAE (51A: "Be careful!")