Composer Arensky / SAT 7-6-13 / Dressage half-turn / Moses novelist / Red pottage in Genesis / Neighbor of Telescopium / Finnair alternative
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Constructor: Martin Ashwood-Smith
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
Word of the Day: CARACOLE (25D: Dressage half-turn) —
A half turn to right or left performed by a horse and rider.intr.v. car·a·coled, car·a·col·ing, car·a·coles also car·a·cols
To perform a caracole.
[French, from Spanish caracol, snail.] (thefreedictionary.com)
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I WANNA BE SEDATED" (38A: 1978 punk classic). I guessed it early, it was right, it's a great answer. From there on out, the puzzle would've had to completely Tank for me to think ill of it. Also love ATOM EGOYAN (35D: "Chloe" director, 2009), though I suspect this is the name that is going to *kill* some people today. ATOM is not a common name in the States. In fact, this ATOM is the only ATOM I know. And it's not as if he's Spielberg-famous. But he's very accomplished and eminently puzzle-worthy, IMHO.
TINA TURNER (57A: Acid Queen player in "Tommy") on top of EDDIE MONEY. The clues on both of them are *way* too easy, but still, that is one awesome '70s / '80s sandwich (I'm putting Tina in that time period because that's when I first came to know her—during her whole "What's Love Got To Do With It?" comeback). There really wasn't much to hold me up today. Had most trouble in the north, where CUBA (5A: Home to Morro Castle) and ANTON (8D: Composer Arensky) were unknown to me, and where BENJI was ambiguously clued (7D: Dog star). But JOLT / COLA (43A: With 5-Down, bygone beverage) helped me change FREE MARKET to OPEN MARKET, and then that whole section just went down. Never heard of CARACOLE but got it all from (very fair) crosses. The toughest single answer for me was IN AN ASYLUM (27D: Put away, maybe), which is a roll-your-own kind of answer, but holds together well enough, I think. I had INANASY- before I could parse it correctly. What else? Not much. Good fun. I have a bet with myself about how long it will take before something happens in the comments section—let's see if I'm right (I really hope I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure I won't be).
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld