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Friday, February 28, 2014
Constructor: Martin Ashwood-Smith
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
Word of the Day: FLAUTIST (28D: Sir James Galway, e.g.) —
One who plays the flute; a flutist.
[Italian flautista, from flauto, flute, from Old Provençal flaüt. See flute.]
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/flautist#ixzz2uaH5RK8E
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Constructing, shmonstructing. Welcome to the age of database management!
I wish I could've been on some game show where, after seeing the constructor's name, I could've put All My Money on "Quadstack." I'd be so rich.
I feel like I need some boilerplate language I can just cut and paste into every quadstack (or wide-open "record-setting" low-black-square-count puzzle) I write up. You know: long answers have a combination boring / made-up feel, short crosses are weak / forced, etc. So let's just assume that unless I say otherwise, I am *always* saying that for these kinds of puzzles. So here's what I enjoyed about this puzzle:
- LIVING WAGE
- Toughish cluing
- I learned how to spell FLAUTIST (I would've gone, and did briefly go, FLOUTIST)
I, ANA is terrible in all circumstances until the day when former SNL cast member Ana Gasteyer writes an autobiography with that title.
Did you know there are more than 100 species of MALARIA PARASITE? I learned this when I googled [MALARIA PARASITE] to see if it was a real phrase. Much to my surprise, it is. I would've thought "malarial."
HAD A TIN EAR has all the moral authority of ATE A HAM SANDWICH (15!)
AT SIX now has me rethinking whether XXX was truly worth it.
OK that's enough. Goodbye.