Middle Corleone brother / MON 3-17-14 / Burma's first prime minister / Orioles Hall-of-Fame pitcher who modeled Jockey underwear / 1945 Alamogordo event / Poacher's nemesis
Monday, March 17, 2014
Constructor: John Lieb
Relative difficulty: Medium (i.e. perfectly Mondayish)
- GAME WARDEN (18A: Poacher's nemesis)
- GEM STATE (23A: Idaho's nickname)
- GIMME FIVE (35A: Request for some skin)
- GOMER PYLE (41A: Mayberry resident who became a Marine)
- GUMBALLS (49A: Round candy in a vending machine)
- GYMNASTICS (58A: Sport that includes the pommel horse and parallel bars)
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• • •JIM PALMER and his underwear clue (34D: Orioles Hall-of-Fame pitcher who modeled Jockey underwear). Très SEDUCTIVE (11D: Alluring). I had #speedsolverproblems a number of times during this one. Came in a hair's breadth under 3, so, you know, it was still pretty easy, but I'm capable of going 30 to 40 seconds lower, so where were the bumps? First, dumbass me wrote in GEMSTONE (instead of GEM STATE) without even looking at the clue. Dumb dumb dumb. Then my brain paused to consider where Kabul was. Ugh. Clue for GIMME FIVE was in no way transparent, so that took many, many, nearly all crosses to get. Could not see COVER for the life of me. Had it down to CO-ER before I got it. GUMBALLS also was not quick in coming. Brain said "gumdrops" and then wouldn't allow anything else in. Making things worse—a couple of crosses that were not immediately apparent, namely IN B (43D: Bach's "Mass ___ Minor") (I should've known this, the Mass is famous, but still, I see IN [blank], I let the crosses do the talking), and 'SPOSE (53D: "Assuming it's true…," informally).
I like that the puzzle contains the homophones GUYS and GUISE. For some reason, this AMUSES me.
That's enough for today.