Roman magistrate / WED 1-21-15 / Kinkajou cousin / Thriller set on Amity Island / Michael of Flashdance / Handrail support / First Burmese prime minister / Self-portraitist Frida / Mr. Spock's forte
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Constructor: Jim Hilger
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging (slower than normal, though oversized 15x16 grid might have something to do with that)
- WATER / TIGHT (5A: With 7-Down, incapable of leaking)
- AFTER / TASTE (isn't that one word?) (26A: With 28-Down
- OFTEN / TIMES (ditto) (29A: With 30-Down, frequently)
- TITLE / TRACK (52A: With 54-Down, song with the same name as its album)
- DUTCH / TREAT (56A: With 57-Down, meal for which everyone pays his or her own way)
Michael Nouri (born December 9, 1945) is an American television and film actor. He may be best known for his role as Nick Hurley, in the 1983 film Flashdance. He has had recurring roles in numerous television series, including NCIS as Eli David, the father of Mossad officer (now Special Agent) Ziva David, The O.C. as Dr. Neil Roberts, and Damages as Phil Grey. He also appeared as Congressman Stewart with Queen Latifah in the 2006 comedy movie Last Holiday and Detective Thomas Beck in the science fiction action film The Hidden. (wikipedia)
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OFTEN/TIMES and AFTER/TASTE), and, second, I think there's something really, tragically off about the fill in a couple of places, most notably the INUTILE (!?) MOL PUF NOURI disaster zone. IDI and UNU should really never appear in the same grid together. Too much historical palindromic crosswordese for such a small space. IRENA ERI ATEN, wince, ABAB TRS, wince. And EDILE … jeez, I mean, EDILE? That is some last-ditch, desperation stuff. Just because the editor won't hold your fill to high standards doesn't mean you shouldn't. Dear world, hear my plea: put EDILE behind break-only-in-case-of-emergency glass, for pete's sake. What we have here, in the end, is a massive contrast between the theme (visually interesting, impressively dense) and the fill, which, with the exception of several of the longer Downs, is pretty subpar. I mean, A BOAT … really? And so close to EDILE? Too bad I already named the God of Bad Short Fill "OOXTEPLERNON," because MR. TAWN PUFENE has a nice ring to it. Maybe he can be the henchman.
[Profanity off the starboard bow …]
MOTOR TREND! PETTY THEFT! WATCH TOWER (if we're allowing compound words to be split, which apparently we are…). Can you think of others?
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld