Mexican hero Juraez / WED 9-18-13 / Second-highest pinochle card / Adage regarding skittishness / Plant with fluffy flower spikes / That inverted bowl per Edward FitzGerald / Green vehicle briefly
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Constructor: Paul Hunsberger
Relative difficulty: Challenging
THEME: TENT rebus — Five "TENT" squares can be found throughout the grid
Word of the Day: E-CAR (42D: Green vehicle, briefly) —
(Engineering / Automotive Engineering) a car powered by electricity
[electric car] (thefreedictionary.com)
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KITTENTAILS) crossing, and the other ... I don't know, I just had a hard time finding it. That SE corner was the hardest for me by far, though I really should've grokked TENTACLE much earlier. Had "MISTER!" for "LISTEN" (!?!!) (68A: "Hey"), wasn't entirely sure about BENITO (50D: Mexican hero Juárez), had no idea about ABCD, and E-CAR? Forget about it. Never seen it in a puzzle (it's not in the cruciverb database, so I guess it's never been in a mainstream puzzle). E CAR looks like an abbr. for East Carolina, which is a university, I think. Yes. It is.
[7A: 1970s-'80s sketch comedy show]
My only real objection today is to 70A: The "cetera" of "et cetera" (SO ON). I know Latin, a bit, and that is, how you say, not ... accurate. "Cetera" is a neuter plural noun, meaning "the rest" or "the remaining." I know that the abbr. "etc." can be translated as "an SO ON," but ... no. If you want to break it down into its constituent parts, then you need to be precise about what they mean. I was so baffled by that clue that when I'd finished, and had SOON, I thought "... how in the World!?" My outrage was slightly mitigated when I realized I hadn't parsed it correctly. Two words. SO [space] ON. Still not right, but at least it's ballparky, I guess.
I'll leave you with this whimsical image of slavery. I think it depicts when the first sudoku came over on the ships from Africa. Not sure. But isn't it adorable? Also, classy.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld