Theme music for TV's Dating Game / MON 6-30-14 / Dismissive term for chronic fatigue syndrome / Handbag monogram / Dashing Flynn of old films / Thin Man pooch / Great Expectations boy / Stimpy's TV pal
Monday, June 30, 2014
Constructor: Ed Sessa
Relative difficulty: Medium, leaning tougher than usual (3:09)
THEME: FL-+ — vowel sound progression, from long A to long U:
- BOBBY FLAY (17A: Celebrity chef and host of the Food Network's "Boy Meets Grill")
- SPANISH FLEA (25A: Theme music for TV's "The Dating Game")
- TSETSE FLY (39A: Insect that causes sleeping sickness)
- TRAFFIC FLOW (55A: It's typically slow during rush hour)
- YUPPIE FLU (66A: Dismissive term for chronic fatigue syndrome)
Word of the Day: COROLLA (48D: Flower part) —
The petals of a flower considered as a group or unit and usually of a color other than green; the inner whorl of the perianth.
PERIANTH — n.The outer envelope of a flower, consisting of either the calyx or the corolla, or both.
[French , from New Latin : Greek , peri- + Greek , flower.]Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/perianth#ixzz364l3zN7N
CALYX — n. pl. ca·lyx·es or ca·ly·ces 1. The sepals of a flower considered as a group.2. A cuplike structure or organ, such as one of the cuplike divisions of the pelvis or of the kidney.3. A collecting structure in the kidney. (thefreedictionary.com)
SEPAL — n.One of the separate, usually green parts forming the calyx of a flower.
[New Latin , perhaps blend of Greek , covering and Latin , petal; see petal.]Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/sepal#ixzz364lTHXRy
USERFEE, TOPSEED, SERENER), but surrounding fill more than makes up for it. Any time a Monday puzzle takes me more than 3 minutes, that means it's leaning tough for me. Today, the longer Downs (which required a few crosses in most cases) were enough to ensure a little slowage, and then there were some clues that seemed less-than-straightforward. [Flower part] was vague enough that I had to cross it many times to pick it up. Had to think about both "Dating Game" clues (what a weird, wonderful little clue pairing that was). [Disentangled] didn't get me to UNDID without almost all of the crosses. I don't (readily) think of a "You Are Here" MAP as a "Poster" … But overall, it evened out to normal Monday difficulty level. Solid stuff. Thumbs up.
Enjoy the hot week ahead (at least in the NE). I will be spending my days in library coolness, except when I'm yelling at soccer, but at least then I'll have my friend beer.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld