Desert of Israel / MON 1-12-15 / Friend of Stitch in movies / Beta preceder / Edvard Munch masterpiece / Illmatic rapper / Seller of Squishees on Simpsons / Disclaimer before some internet comments
Monday, January 12, 2015
Constructor: Jason Flinn
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: blank TO blank — familiar expressions that represent entirety and that follow the pattern "[blank] TO [blank]"
- STEM TO STERN (17A: All, for a ship's captain)
- CRADLE TO GRAVE (23A: All, for a life insurance agent)
- SEA TO SHINING SEA (38A: All, for an anthem writer)
- START TO FINISH (52A: All, for a race organizer)
- TOP TO BOTTOM (63A: All, for a house cleaner)
Don Ameche (//; May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, with a career spanning almost 60 years.After touring in vaudeville, he featured in many biographical films, including The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939). He continued to appear on Broadway, as well as on radio and TV, where he was host and commentator for International Showtime, covering circus and ice-shows all over Europe. Ameche remained married to his wife Honore for fifty-four years, and they had six children. (wikipedia)
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[If you're prone to seizures, I wouldn't stare at his jacket too long…]
I solved this weirdly, in that I started in the NW and went diagonally all the way across the grid to the SE, without stopping. this is not always the most efficient way to do things, but for some reason, this time, I was able to burst out of that diagonal into the rest of the grid and polish it off fast. Once I got one theme answer, the others offered themselves up easily. Only hiccup was trying to write WIPED and WHIPPED simultaneously in the answer that ended up being POOPED (48D: Plumb tuckered out). I'm not a big fan of cross-referenced clues, but seems like the FETCH clue shoulda/coulda been linked to DOGS somehow, rather than continuing to perpetrate the lie that any dog anywhere is named "Fido."