Cartoonist Bushmiller who created Nancy / THU 6-11-15 / Classic 1944 Otto Preminger film noir / Model of Blues Brothers Bluesmobile
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Constructor: Lewis E. Rothlein
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: HIDDEN GEM (34D: Well-kept secret … or a hint to the answer to each starred clue) — the letter string "GEM" is "HIDDEN" inside five theme answers
- "INDULGE ME" (1D: *"If I may…")
- LARGE MOUTH (18A: *Kind of bass)
- DODGE MONACO (24A: *Model of the Blues Brothers' Bluesmobile)
- GRUDGE MATCH (43A: *Opportunity for revenge)
- IMAGE MAKER (52A: *Publicist, e.g.)
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INDULGE ME…" is original, colloquial, nice. I don't think I've ever heard of a DODGE MONACO, but I enjoyed remembering "The Blues Brothers" (one of the first R-rated movies my parents took me to see, along with "Bustin' Loose" and "The World According to Garp"). GRUDGE MATCH is the big winner of the day—a fantastic answer I can't remember seeing before. Most of the fill was just average, with a few unfortunate moments, but the long stuff is good, and when the long stuff is good, the mediocre short stuff can't do much to ruin the party.
There were very few points of resistance. I had to think about 1A: "___ pass" for a bit. After getting LPS at 4D: Audiophile's collection, I went with "WE'LL pass." As in, "You guys wanna go contra-dancing with us?" "Uh, no. WE'LL pass." But that wasn't it. NEAP made that clear. Once I changed WE'LL to IT'LL, whole NW was done fast. I didn't rocket out of there because GARDEN City is meaningless to anyone outside NYC (i.e. me), and even with GARD- I wasn't sure. Also, I had BIOS at first for 21D: They may have kings as subjects (ODES). But CEDE was a gimme (5A: Turn over), and I got all the crossing Downs and then just Took Off. Once I changed EMOJI (!?) to ECARD (ick) at 6D: Gift with a GIF, maybe, I didn't miss a single answer until way down at 39D: Take (ANGLE), which proved so inscrutable to me that I just ended up solving around it. I get it now, but that is one ambiguous clue for ANGLE. I also had some issues with the equally ambiguous clue 43D: Beef (GRIPE). Confuse there was exacerbated by feeling 58A: Union busters? might be AXES and 55A: One getting the message? might be MAGE (can a MAGE be a seer or a medium?). After that slight delay, I rocketed across the bottom of the grid right down to the SE corner, where GEM actually didn't come quickly. Had to work it from crosses. But that was it. Too easy and straightforward, but pleasant enough.
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