MTV competitive reality show featuring children of pop stars / MON 6-23-14 / English racetrack site / Ladies service org since 1850s
Monday, June 23, 2014
Constructor: Brendan Emmett Quigley
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: YO-YO TRICKS (26D: what 5-, 7-, 10- and 15-Down all are) — all clued in non-yoyo-specific ways …
- ROCK THE CRADLE (5D: MTV competitive reality show featuring children of pop stars)
- AROUND THE WORLD (7D: Where Phileas Fogg traveled "in 80 days")
- FLYING TRAPEZE (15D: Circus act above a net)
- WALK THE DOG (10D: Do a chore with a pet)
Word of the Day: "ROCK THE CRADLE" (5D: MTV competitive reality show featuring children of pop stars) —
Rock the Cradle is an MTV reality show in which the offspring of R&B, pop, and rock stars from the 1980s and 1990s vie in a six-week singing competition. The show debuted on Thursday, April 3, 2008. [and ran for … one season, for a total of … six episodes …] (wikipedia)
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ROCK THE CRADLE," though, at least as clued. How a show *that* short-lived, *that* marginal, is allowed to be a *Monday* theme answer is beyond me. Way beyond me. If you can have [Do a chore with a pet] (however awkward) as a theme clue, then you can have [Do a chore with a child], right? The central themer is basically a glorified partial. So while I wouldn't say I WAS ANGRY with this puzzle (49A: Saw red), but it mainly just sat there … being a puzzle … but, again, I'm probably not the best judge of anything right now. My heart has stopped pounding, but the searing memory of that late goal lingers.
Are there *non*-flying trapezes??? That phrase really only makes sense because of the song with the daring young man, right? Otherwise, it's a redundancy (of sorts), unless, again, there are various trapeze types of which I am unaware.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld