Hircosity / 1968 #1 hit for Supremes / THU 1-2-14 / Robert Frost poem good fences make good neighbors / Star Trek prosthesis / Red Sox Hall-of-Famer Bobby / Pope who declared I am sinner This is most accurate definition
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Constructor: Todd Gross
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: -ENDING — five answers are literal representations of phrases in which the first word follows the pattern _ENDING; first letter of each phrase is turned into the "ending" of the answers, so that, for example, VENDING MACHINE becomes MACHINEV, i.e. V ENDING MACHINE. The first letter literally "ends" the answer.
- MACHINES V (17A: Food or drink dispensers)
- FOR ONESELF F (10D: Going without help)
- LITIGATION P (24D: Future court case)
- THE RULES B (51A: Taking liberties)
- WALL M (32A: Robert Frost poem that includes "Good fences make good neighbors")
The Don (Russian: Дон, IPA: [don]) is one of the major rivers of Russia. It rises in the town ofNovomoskovsk 60 kilometres southeast from Tula, southeast of Moscow, and flows for a distance of about 1,950 kilometres (1,220 mi) to the Sea of Azov.
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ETAPE (56A: Tour de France stage) and ARACE and MOIRES and AMATIVE (!?) and ODA AND I and the hot DERR-on-DOERR action etc. rankled more than it might have.
Took me a longish time to figure out what was up. Me, upon seeing MACHINESV: "MACHINES … FIVE?" "Vending" never occurred to me. FORONESELFF also left me shrugging. Wasn't til THERULESB that I got it. Or, I guess, "got" it, since my first thought was that the "B" was for "breaking," and that that word had been "broken" … somehow. After a bit, I recalibrated, hit on "bending," and then it all made sense. A kind of sense. Toughest part for me was the center, as I could not recall the Frost poem and knew -LLM had to be wrong. Took me a while to accept that that little answer could be a themer. Also, I needed many crosses to get MOIRES (30A: Shimmery silks). Also, I don't think of "marinating" as a "softening" technique. I'm sure it's correct, on a literal level; it's just not a word I'd ever associated with the process. So this one was tough, but well within normal Thursday toughness parameters.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld