Thin Russian pancake / TUE 1-14-14 / Inscribed stone slab / Car with stylized caliper in its logo / Jimmy who wrote Galveston MacArthur Park
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Constructor: Tim Croce
Relative difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: Jimmy WEBB (62D: Jimmy who wrote "Galveston" and "MacArthur Park") —
James Layne "Jimmy" Webb (born August 15, 1946) is an American songwriter, composer, and singer. He has written numerous platinum-selling classics, including "Up, Up and Away", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston", "The Worst That Could Happen", "All I Know", and "MacArthur Park". His songs have been performed by many popular contemporary artists, including The 5th Dimension, Glen Campbell, The Supremes, Richard Harris, Johnny Maestro, Frank Sinatra, Thelma Houston, The Temptations, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Joe Cocker, Judy Collins, Donna Summer, Linda Ronstadt, America, Amy Grant, John Denver, Michael Feinstein, Rosemary Clooney, R.E.M., and Carly Simon.
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DERATting. That ANIGH PAPAW STELA section is dire, and I don't even understand the clue on the unfortunate ROWB. I'm pretty sure ROW B *is* prime-seating. What, is only one row "prime"? ROW A? Baffling. A huge lot of words ≠ theme. Not if it's gonna result in gunky fill all over the place. Please compare the fill in yesterday's puzzle to the fill in today's puzzle for a nice night/day contrast. OH SAY OCEDAR ODILE, oh no. What's the good of putting a whole herd of theme answers in your puzzle if they're just going to trample on your fill? I''m sure the avalanche of quaintness will be enough for some. Perhaps it will provide, let's say, a chuckle. A guffaw. A slapping of knees. I don't know. I just know this theme is not to my taste, especially given all the IBAR-UBER JIVE.
Til next time.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld