Kate's kisser in classic tongue twister / WED 4-1-15 / 1925 Pulitzer Prize Edna Ferber / Smarter Planet company / Kurtis Mayfield's Move / Region off the Cote d'Azur / Irvin first art director of The New Yorker
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Constructor: Sharon Delorme
Relative difficulty: Wednesdayish
THEME: Hijinks! — A selection of jolly pranks for April Fools' Day.
Word of the Day: INDC [Visiting the Library of Cong., say] —
Hmmm, turns out this isn't a word. My bad. But I'd love to visit the Library of Kong.
• • •Howdy, puzzlers. Rex is on vacation somewhere, so this is Doug filling in for PuzzleGirl, who is probably asleep right now. And I don't blame her. We had an amazing and utterly exhausting weekend at the ACPT.
I considered doing some elaborate April Fools' Day post, but I'm sure Rex would get cranky emails if I posted a fake grid or made up extra theme entries. So let's just dive into today's puzzle.
- 18A: JOY BUZZER ["Put 'er there, pal!"]
- 24A: DRIBBLE GLASS ["Here, have a drink"]
- 38A: SQUIRTING FLOWER ["Smell my corsage"] — This one sounds weird. I can't imagine someone coming up to me and saying "Smell my corsage." And sticking your nose into a woman's corsage is a good way to get your face slapped.
- 51A: TRICK CANDLES ["Happy birthday! Make a wish and blow"]
- 62A: PRANKSTER [Speaker of the clue for 18-, 24-, 38-, and 51-Across]
I like the old-timey vibe of the pranks, but I bet this puzzle disappointed some solvers, who were hoping for a wacky April Fools' Day-esque gimmick in the grid and/or the clues. Maybe the trick is that there is no trick. Did you ever think of that? So meta.
- 1A: SO BIG! [1925 Pulitzer Prize winner for Edna Ferber] — The actual title doesn't have an exclamation point, but I think it needs one. I'm trying really hard not to type "That's what she said," so let's just move on.
- 32A: ESAU [Kate's kisser in a classic tongue twister] — I have no idea. Let me Google that: "I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me. And she saw I saw Esau." I want to add "... by the seashore" in there somewhere.
- 17A: STIEG [Larsson who wrote "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"] — Good timing on this clue. I read today that a sequel to the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy will be published in September. Cool.
- 42D: LOVE/HATE [Kind of relationship] — Nice entry. I also like 9D: COBWEB [Sign of disuse].
- 31A: OEN / 63D: NEO and 57A: OTRO / 2D: ORTO — Two sets of reversed entries. That's kind of weird. And they're all kinda ugly.
- 59D: ABBA [Group with the hit 1978 album "The Album"] — Let's go out on a high note with an ABBA/Van Halen mash-up.