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Monday, January 20, 2014
Constructor: Elizabeth C. Gorski
Relative difficulty: Medium
- LINCOLN MEMORIAL (17A: Site of a 1963 speech by 38-Across)
- CIVIL RIGHTS (30A: Cause associated with 38-Across)
- "I HAVE A DREAM" (49A: Repeated phrase in 38-Across's speech at the 17-Across)
- "WE ARE FREE AT LAST" (65A: Famous closing words of the 49-Across speech)
Word of the Day: MIKA Brzezinski (36A: "Morning Joe" co-host Brzezinski) —
(/ /; born May 2, 1967) is an American television host and journalist. Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC's weekday morning broadcast Morning Joe with former Republican representative Joe Scarborough. // Brzezinski was born in New York City, the daughter of Polish-born foreign policy expert and former National Security AdvisorZbigniew Brzezinski and Swiss-born sculptor Emilie Anna Benešová. Her mother, of Czech descent, is a grandniece ofCzechoslovakia's former president Edvard Beneš. Her father was then teaching at Columbia University, but the family moved to McLean, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., in late 1976, when Zbigniew was named National Security Advisor by newly elected President Jimmy Carter. Her brother, Mark Brzezinski, is an American diplomat and the current United States Ambassador to Sweden since 2011. (wikipedia)
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Pretty lackluster, as tributes go. Liz is one of the best constructors on the planet, but this theme just lies there. Bunch of "I HAVE A DREAM"-related speech stuff. Kind of ho-hum. My favorite thing about this puzzle is ATTACK AD (58A: Aggressive campaign TV spot) — a modern reality that represents the reality of our current political system. Great, modern answer that cuts against the obligatory pieties of today like an indictment. Fill is a bit subpar in places, too—standard for the NYT, but a bit less than I expect from a constructor of this caliber.
[Any way we can get "AMERICA HAS GIVEN THE NEGRO PEOPLE A BAD CHECK" into the puzzle? How come no one ever quotes *other* parts of this (great) speech???]
Enjoy your day, especially if you're lucky enough to have it off.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld