Designer Marc / TUE 5-28-13 / Growing Pains co-star Alan / Roman encyclopedist who died after Vesuvius / Big name in power tools / G in EGBDF / Biblical book once combined with Nehemiah / Like apparel donned in deck halls / Nahuatl speaker /
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Constructor: Dan Feyer
Relative difficulty: Medium (maybe slightly more difficult than the normal Tuesday)
THEME: Recycling Binge — -GE is added to ends of familiar phrases, creating wacky phrases, which are clued "?"-style
Word of the Day: Alan THICKE (46D: "Growing Pains" co-star Alan) —
Alan Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffery; March 1, 1947) is a Canadian actor, comedian, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is best known for his role as Jason Seaver, the patriarch on the ABC television series Growing Pains. (wikipedia)
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THICKE / ECKO. She wanted to put "C" there, and I was like "What? Why would you do that?" and she said "OK, then it's 'K', I don't know ... you know how it is with *names* ..." And I do. Alan THICKE hasn't really been heard from since "Growing Pains," but in the '80s he was pretty famous both for that show and his failed late-night talk show. My favorite part of the solve today was hitting the *second* "Growing Pains" clue (47D: "Growing Pains" family name = SEAVER). I loved that show as a kid, both because it was pretty funny and because I had a thing for Joanna Kearns. Yes, as a teenager, my tastes ran more to sitcom moms than supermodels. In my defense, she was hot. Meanwhile, Alan THICKE's son is now a successful R&B singer.
- 17A: Garbage scow that docked with Mir? (SPACE BARGE)
- 20A: Swapping out Sheen for Rose? (CHARLIE CHANGE)
- 35A: Boy Scout's reward for karate expertise? (BREAKING BADGE)
- 54A: Caveman's injury after discovering fire? (ORIGINAL SINGE)
- 59A: Feeling when one's voodoo doll is poked? (EVIL TWINGE)
That is all.