Vocal trio / SAT 1-18-14 / Severed Head novelist 1961 / Cop car to CBer / Beyonce's alter ego / Cornerback Law others / Wear that was one of Oprah's favorite things four times / 1983 song with lyric Let's leave Chicago to Eskimos
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Constructor: David Steinberg
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
Word of the Day: TERZETTO (34A: Vocal trio) —
n, pl -tos or -ti ()
1. (Classical Music) music a trio, esp a vocal one[C18: Italian: trio; see tercet] (thefreedictionary.com)
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Would've blown through this thing pretty dang fast were it not for … well, most of the NW. Had CRUNCH for CLUTCH at 24A: Do-or-die situation. That is one hell of a trap. I completely bought CRUNCH and would still buy CRUNCH. Anyway, that wrong answer kept me from seeing both ARNEL and RAT-A-TAT, so my ways into that section were limited. I wanted BANANAGRAMS (1A: Fast-paced alternative to Scrabble) from the beginning even though I couldn't remember the game well at all. Just *felt* right. But even with that in place I had a bit of trouble bringing that section down. Eventually decided to go for ADIDAS (which had originally been SKORTS) (2D: Court wear, maybe), and then EDIT went in, and the whole thing quickly fell.
This was tons of fun. Wish every weekend had a puzzle like this. Nice work, David. This may be my favorite thing you've done to date, but you've already done so many, who can remember?
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld