2004 film featuring Dustin Hoffman / TUE 10-22-13 / He-Man's sister / Instruction to play with bow / Old draft category for civilian workers / Allies of Trojans in Iliad
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Constructor: Kevan Choset
Relative difficulty: Medium for me, apparently harder for others...
- 17A: Overcome an unpleasant misunderstanding (CLEAR THE AIR)
- 24A: Left-brain activity (LINEAR THINKING)
- 38A: 2004 film featuring Dustin Hoffman ("I HEART HUCKABEES")
- 49A: Reason to see a rheumatologist (ACUTE ARTHRITIS)
Word of the Day: HALAL (2D: Special-request flight meal option) —
Ḥalāl (Arabic: حلال ḥalāl, 'permissible') is any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term covers and designates not only food and drink as permissible according to Islamic law, but also all matters of daily life. The opposite of this word is haraam. (wikipedia)
• • •[This theme has been done before, relatively recently, in the L.A. Times. See that puzzle here.]
I HEART HUCKABEES"—maybe that's part of the reason times are running slow. I never saw the film, but I'd heard of it, and had most of the middle crosses before I ever looked at the clue. Even though it wasn't the most popular film ever made, I think it's a reasonable Tuesday theme answer. But the fill—it's somewhat less reasonable. Or less pretty, anyway. Lots of rather icky stuff. DLI OID in the NW, ESA IN REM in the SW, and then, all over the place, INI ARR ANY TWOA STPAT SHA ENTR ISOK ARCO VSO OTERI CTA ... that's a lot of sub-optimal fill. Three of the four long Downs are quite good (I'll let you guess which one I didn't care for), but overall, too much short junk.
That's all I've got to say about this one. Talk to you tomorrow.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld