Self-esteem as French would have it / MON 11-18-13 / Facial socket / Milo of Verdict / Center square of bingo card / Sea body of water south of Italy / Charles Lamb's pen name
Monday, November 18, 2013
Constructor: Edgar Fontaine
Relative difficulty: Challenging (3:26, which is très high for me)
- 20A: Part of a bushel belonging to Dick? (GREGORY'S PECK)
- 34A: Car belonging to Rex? (HARRISON'S FORD)
- 41A: Lite beer belonging to Bea? (ARTHUR'S MILLER)
- 55A: Rock belonging to Ariel? (SHARON'S STONE)
Amour-propre (French, "self-love") is a concept in the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau that denotes a self-love that depends upon the opinion of others. Rousseau contrasts it with amour de soi, which also means "self-love", but which does not involve seeing oneself as others see one. According to Rousseau, amour de soi is more primitive and is compatible with wholeness and happiness, while amour-propre arose only with the appearance of society and renders human beings incapable of being happy within society. (wikipedia)
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EYEPIT, which … really? And then the inexcusably lazy fill. Your LESSEES, your UTAHANS, your RATA TATA INST OPER etc. On a Monday? With a decidedly non-demanding theme? I'm going to continue assuming that this is just some prolonged bad patch, a funk from which the NYT crossword puzzle will eventually, at least partially, emerge. But right now, things look dire.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go wash out my EYEPITs.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld