Haile Selassie disciple / TUE 10-29-13 / Regulatory inits since 1934 / Priest's garment / Yule libation / Sharer's opposite
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Constructor: Robert Cirillo
Relative difficulty: Easy
- 18A: Military muscle (FIREPOWER)
- 20A: Sign of change at the Vatican (WHITE SMOKE)
- 32A: Functional lawn adornment (BIRD BATH)
- 40A: Take every last cent of (CLEAN OUT)
- 54A: "Go" signal (GREEN LIGHT)
- 57A: Using all of a gym, as in basketball (FULL COURT)
Word of the Day: ALB (33D: Priest's garment) —
The alb (from the Latin Albus, meaning white), one of the liturgical vestments of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and many Methodist churches, is an ample white garment coming down to the ankles and is usually girdled with a cincture. It is simply the long linen tunic used by the Romans. In early Medieval Europe it was also normally worn by secular clergy in non-liturgical contexts. (wikipedia)
• • •Seen it. Sort of. Here's a 2008 version of this same theme (with fewer answers and a longer but more absurd reveal).
PRETTY AWFUL. Five mediocre to bad answers before I even get out of the NW. Seriously. Come on, man. ASPERSE? Don't blow your longer answers on junk like that.
Clue on FULL COURT is phenomenally tone deaf, sports-wise. [Using all of a gym]? I can't even conceive of a context in which that phrase has meaning. Does your gym have only the one court? No other parts? Like stands or sidelines or a locker room or something? "Gym" is, in no universe, synonymous with "court." FULL-COURT press is a type of basketball defense. But as far as I know, the defense uses the court, not The Whole Gym (also, if the game is going on, you are technically "using" the whole court at all times). Gym is the building, court is in the building. Here, I'll let Homer explain it to you.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld