Monday, December 29, 2014
Constructor: Peter A. Collins
Relative difficulty: Pretty Mondayish
- 17A: *What a good speaker maintains with the audience (EYE CONTACT)
- 25A: *Golfers' bookings (TEE TIMES)
- 30A: *"Man!" ("OH BROTHER")
- 45A: *"Wait, wait ... go back" ("YOU LOST ME")
- 51A: *Bit of Boston Harbor debris in 1773 (TEA CHEST)
- 64A: Leave no room for misinterpretation ... or what the first words of the answers to the five starred clues do, literally (SPELL IT OUT)
MLLE. (61D: Fr. girl) and SAPPY for SOPPY (53D: Maudlin) so I just couldn't figure out what was wrong. I decided it wasn't worth fretting over so I just had Across Lite tell me the problem. I'm sure I would have eventually figured it out but I knew I needed to blog so didn't want to spend the time. I'm eager to know if that spot caused problems for anyone else.
- 1A: Titanic victim John Jacob ASTOR. Way to start us off on a light note.
- 21A: LITCHI nut (Chinese fruit). Do people know what these are? I'm pretty sure I've never heard of this.
- SHEP). Not sure how he can stand to work at Fox News. He doesn't really seem to fit in with the rest of them.
- 69A: Letters between jays and ells (KAYS). I can't decide if I hate this because spelling out letters is lame or if I like it because it kind of matches the theme.
- 3D: October 31 option (TREAT). Tricky. (See what I did there?)
- 6D: Glam rock band MOTT the Hoople. As it turns out I don't know any Mott the Hoople songs. At first I thought I'd use "Flirtin' With Disaster," but that's Molly Hatchet. Totally different band.
- 10D: Thwarts (STYMIES). Both good words.
- READS). Cute clue. I've read several Joyce Carol Oates books, but gave up on reading her when I tried "Missing Mom" back in 2005. I believe Ms. Oates must have fallen on her head and lost the ability to write a complete sentence. I could not follow (or finish) that book.
- 30D: Like integers of the form 2n + 1 (ODD). So now we need to do math. Great. Just great.
- 37D: Juillet's season (ÉTÉ). French!