Ben Canaan of Exodus / MON 5-18-15 / Savory filled pastries / Hit 1977 musical with song It's Hard-Knock Life
Monday, May 18, 2015
Constructor: Gene Newman
Relative difficulty: Medium (normal Monday)
THEME: Tom Swifties — "A Tom Swifty (or Tom Swiftie) is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed." (wikipedia) — one of the oldest "joke"-types (or pun-types, I guess) in the book. Huge lists of them all over the internet. (See ... well, you have google, just see. For instance, #2, here) (or look under "U" here for "unwillingly") (or find "shiftlessly" on this page) (or "witheringly" on this page)
- WITHERINGLY (18A: "You forgot to water the plants," Tom said ___)
- UNWILLINGLY (3D: "As much as I'd like, you're not getting any of my estate," Tom said ___)
- SHIFTLESSLY (28D: "Being a bit lazy, I prefer automatic," Tom said ___)
- OFFHANDEDLY (61A: "Oh, I just fed the alligator," Tom said ___)
Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life" are among its most popular musical numbers. (wikipedia)
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I will continue writing about puzzles when they return to some semblance of worthiness. This is now back-to-back I-Can't-Believe-This-Got-Accepted puzzles. Unreal. I understand why the best constructors are producing for their own sites or other outlets now, I really do. But days like this I almost want to beg them to come back. Almost.
To be clear, these are all *fine* Tom Swifties. But Tom Swifties do not a puzzle theme make. No. No they don't.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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