Revolutionary patriot Silas / SUN 1-18-15 / 1970s-80s TV sheriff / Arrangement of hosing / Early 1900s gold rush locale / California city where first Apple computer was built / Quaint contraction / 1960s chess champion Mikhail / Tick-borne affliction
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Constructor: Joe Krozel
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: "Changelings" — five-word sentences that are also word ladders of a sort (i.e. each successive word has but a single changed letter):
- HUGE LUGE LUGS LOGS LOTS (27A: Gigantic sled hauls firewood quite a bit)
- MAID SAID SAND SANK SINK (34A: Domestic worker claimed shifting beach engulfed basin)
- PALE PALS PASS LASS LESS (60A: Friends who have never been to the beach don't walk by the girl so often)
- KIDS KISS MISS MOSS MOST (67A: Children show their affection for model Kate able all others)
- LOUD LOUT LOST LAST CAST (92A: Boisterous oaf confused the previous set of actors)
- WILT WILL FILL FULL FUEL (100A: Mr. Chamberlain intends to top off his gas tank)
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Same dude also sent me three $1 bills. I've been having fun "making it rain" all afternoon. The dogs don't really get it, but they know better than to judge me by now.
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"Why is the luge lugging log sluts?" I sincerely thought for a nanosecond while solving this puzzle. This theme is an exercise in word manipulation, which, I guess, any theme is, but here, the meaning (or plausibility) is virtually irrelevant. It's just that the phrases aren't so much wacky (which would imply humor) as they are absurd. Contrived, more like. And not just the phrases, but the clues. Words are reduced to their parts, their mere physicality, meaning (for the most part) be damned. I can't even picture the SAND SANK SINK one, and the syntax on the FILL FULL FUEL just seems clunky to me, at best. I sort of like KIDS KISS MISS MOSS MOST—that one sings. And the PALE PALS and the LOUD LOUT are passable. But overall, once you get the gimmick here, there's not much to smile at. Theme is easy to pick up, and once picked up, easy to knock down.
[Kids miss KISS most]
Nothing much else to say here. LOUISCK is always welcome fill (88D: Comedian who said "Every day starts my eyes open and I reload the program of misery"). I just got an email from him earlier in the day. OK, so it was a mass email, but still. It felt like he knew me. Were there other points of interest in this one. I can't see them. Gonna go back to watching "True Detective" and writing thank-you cards. Seriously, you guys (and gals) are the best.