"Damn Yankees" team / THU 6-12-14 / "Well-bred insolence," per Aristotle / Pawel Pawlikowski film / Nevil Shute's "___ Like Alice" / Line 22 on Form 1040
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Constructor: Mark Feldman
Relative difficulty: Pretty hard, I think.
THEME — All of it: Theme answers are the last words of familiar phrases that start with "The whole ..."
- 17A: MEGILLAH (Long, involved story, in slang)
- 18A: BALL OF WAX (Business, informally)
- 30A: SHOOTING MATCH (Competition in marksmanship)
- 51A: ENCHILADA (Queso-topped dish)
- 54A: THE WHOLE (100% ... or words that can precede 17-, 18-, 30- and 51-Across
- 5A: Spencer of "Good Morning America" (LARA) — Never heard of her.
- 12A: Common flavorer in Italian sausage (FENNEL) — Reminds me of one of my favorite "Sports Night" exchanges.
Casey: Hey what do you know about the fennel salad here?
Gordon: What do you need to know?
Casey: Well, like, for instance...what's fennel?
- 20A: Home of "The Gist" and "Political Gabfest" (SLATE) — Expected this to be a TV station, not an "e-mag."
- 27A: Final order (DESSERT) — I've worked in the legal profession basically my whole life, so I could only think of "order" as something a judge would hand down, which made DESSERT pretty tough to see.
- 40A: Modern term for "Roman fever" (MALARIA) — Who knew?
- 47A: In groups (ELITES) — In this clue "in" is an adjective, not a preposition. So. Tricky.
- 48A: Holy SEE. — Raise your hand if you tried COW here.
- 57A: Mark Twain's boyhood home (HANNIBAL) — Thankful for this gimme.
- 5D: Miller character (LOMAN) — I was thinking "A Streetcar Named Desire," not "Death of a Salesman." Two totally different plays written, coincidentally, by two total different playwrights.
- 9D: Lit up (ABLAZE) — Tried AFLAME first.
- 10D: Certain metalworker (PLATER) — I'm sure this is a real thing, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
- 12D: Bone whose name is Latin for "pin" (FIBULA) — Lots of learning going on during this solve.
- 29D: It has four bases (DNA) — I have no idea what this means.
- 36D: What a hygrometer measures (HUMIDITY) — I was just telling someone the other day how when I lived in New Mexico I had to laugh at all the people acting like they were dying when the humidity got all the way up to, say, 14%.
- 46D: Kind of center (REHAB) — No no no.
- 53D: Not be able to say "say," say (LISP) — Like Daffy!