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Monday, February 16, 2015
Constructor: David J. Kahn
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: Presidents Day — Note: "The last names of eight U.S. presidents are hidden in this puzzle's completed grid, reading across, back, up, down and diagonally, word-search style"
Theme answers (sort of):
- TIRE TRACK (17A: Imprint on a dirt road)
- OUT OF ORDER (29D: Not working)
- DREAM ABOUT (11D: Have fantasies about)
- TEMPT FATE (54A: Flirt with disaster)
• • •BOURG? ODORED!?) wasn't exactly obstructive, so fine. This works. I don't enjoy word searches, but some do, and if I didn't want to do it, I sure didn't have to, so … "Happy" "Presidents Day"!
- 38A: N.F.L.'s Manti ___ (TEO) — I'd already started to forget him. In college, he was the subject of a very weird fake-girlfriend story. And then I stopped paying attention. To be honest, I wasn't paying much attention to begin with.
- 39D: New ___, site of the 1988 Republican convention (ORLEANS) — I only just this second got why there was a convention site twofer in today's puzzle (see 6A: CHI). Me: "That's weird … wait, no it isn't."
- 52A: Six-time Tony winner McDonald (AUDRA) — she's from Fresno, CA. As am I. As was Philip Levine (R.I.P.). He didn't grow up there, but he lived there for the last 30 years. My mom said earlier today: "I loved seeing him at the farmers market in Fresno. He always had such a wonderful smile." I have many of his books. I was sad to hear of his death yesterday.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld