Canned food made by Nestle / THU 1-1-15 / Organlike legume / Taxi eschewer for short / 1961 Tony winner for best musical / Site of 1953 CIA directed coup / Neil Armstrong declaration
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Constructor: Jill Denny and Jeff Chen
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: PAR FOR THE COURSE (53A: Average … or a literal hint to 17-, 26- and 42-Across)— well-know phrases containing words that are slang for golf scores; instead of the word, we get the golf score, represented literally (i.e. as a number that is situated over or under PAR in the grid)
- THE TWO HAS LANDED ("TWO" is under the "PAR" in CAR PARTS) (because an "eagle" is two under par)
- THE ONE MAN ("ONE" is over the "PAR" in POOL PARTY) (because a "bogey" is one over par)
- "BYE BYE, ONE" ("ONE" is under the "PAR" in WATER PARK) (because a "birdie" is one under par)
Jule Styne (/ /; December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994) was an English-born American songwriter especially famous for a series of Broadway musicals, which include several very well known and frequently revived shows.
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THE ONE MAN just didn't land. Aurally speaking. For me. The boogeyman is gonna get you. The bogeyman is going to get you only if you fail to sink that putt.
- 36A: Part of a spanish explorer's name (DE LEON) — as in PONCE. This took me too long. I kept trying to think of a name that was on the tip of my tongue, but when I got it … it was DE GAMA :(
- 32D: Wallop (PASTE) — Had the "P" and went with the obvious-yet-wrong answer.
- 56D: New Year's ___ (EVE) — semi-topical!
- 34D: Canned food made by Nestlé (ALPO) — nice attempt at misdirection there, w/ Nestlé really making you think human food.
Hope you survived New Year's Eve and are chock full of hope and resolutions. Thanks for your readership and support.