Anise-flavored liqueur / TUE 4-7-15 / Leader of Transcendentalism movement / Aquino's successor in Philippines / Parapsychologist's study
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Constructor: David J. Lieb
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: I think it's that the first word of all the theme answers ends "-OUGH," and the pronunciations of the vowel sound are all slightly different from one another. I think.
- COUGH MEDICINE (20A: Robitussin or Vicks product)
- DOUGHNUT HOLE (28A: Petite sweet treat)
- TOUGH ON CRIME (43A: Advocating long sentences, say)
- PLOUGH THROUGH (53A: Complete without a break, as a labour)
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But the grid! It's great. What's amazing is that it's *this* lively (so many lovely long Downs) and *this* easy. I haven't finished a Tuesday in under 3 in a while, but I did today. And that's whilst having No Idea what a NANOGRAM was. (note: clue on that one was the puzzle's one other serious fault—you can't abbreviate "kilo" and then not have an abbr. as the answer, esp. on a Tuesday; that's crap). Love MALE MODEL and AÑO NUEVO and PIE CRUST and BEDEVILED (EGGS!), and nothing made me go "ick." OK, maybe VIET and OSE did, but they're so tiny! So, in sum, theme is inadequate, but the overall grid is kind of a hoot.