Middle part of pedestal / TUE 4-15-14 / TV show anchored by Bill O'Reilly from 1989 to 1995 / Holder of tomorrow's lunch
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Constructor: Gary Cee
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
- HIGH TREASON
- INSIDE EDITION
- LOW BLOW
- OUTSIDE CHANCE
n., pl., -does.
- Architecture. The section of a pedestal between base and surbase.
- The lower portion of the wall of a room, decorated differently from the upper section, as with panels.
- A rectangular groove cut into a board so that a like piece may be fitted into it.
- The groove so cut.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/dado#ixzz2yuuo6IIB
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DOGGIE BAG (3D: Holder of tomorrow's lunch, maybe) and MARSEILLE (35D: "The Count of Monte Cristo") have a certain unusualness and vividness that I like. This is a placeholder puzzle. Well made but instantly forgettable.
This puzzle must've been pretty damned easy, in the main, because I made two major mistakes, resulting in a good deal of fumbling around, and yet I still came in at just over 3. My brain clearly took in the "Mumbai" part of 20A: Music of Mumbai (RAGA), but apparently it took in little else, since, with RA- in place, I wrote in RANI. This made both DOGGIE BAG and ENHANCE impossible to get at first. The other mistake I made—again off the first two letters—came at 47D: Orange source. I had OR- in place, so naturally I wrote in [...drum roll…] ORLANDO! Ugh. Became clear very quickly, as I tried to work the crosses in that SE corner, that something was wrong. Knew the [Old record player] couldn't start with "F," so wrote in HIFI and instantly saw ORCHARD. The rest of the puzzle–a blur of fast typing. I might've gotten held up near the center, with DADO, a word I only ever see in puzzles … but the point is that I *do* see it in puzzles (learned it from puzzles), so I *did* remember (after a second or two of cogitation), so no harm done. Oh, I also wrote in ASKED instead of PRIED, since nothing about the clue (57A: Was inquisitive) suggested the inappropriateness or excessiveness implied by PRIED.
Just a note: the NYT published only three female constructors in March. No woman has yet been published in April.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld