Dennis who fronted 1960s-70s Classics IV / SUN 6-7-15 / 2005 South African drama / Bonheur who painted Horse Fair / He died at Xanadu / 1971 top 20 hit with no English lyrics
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Constructor: Samuel A. Donaldson
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: "The Call Of The Race" — clues are an imagined call of a race, where fill-in-the-blank clues are both appropriate to horse racing and wacky plays on words related to the names of the imagined horse in the clues:
- 22A: "And they're off! Ace Detective has the ___!") (EARLY LEAD) — get it, because detectives get leads? Yeah, you get it. I'm not annotating the rest of these, on the assumption that you Get It.
- 28A: "Looks like Setting Sun is ___!" ("FADING FAST")
- 35A: "It's Pariah ___"! ("ON THE OUTSIDE")
- 56A: "Chiropractor heads into the ___!" ("BACK STRETCH")
- 64A: "Here's where Mississippi Delta often ___!" ("GAINS GROUND")
- 75A: "Now Carrier Pigeon takes the ___!" ("TURN FOR HOME")
- 95A: "But wait! Amex Card ___!" ("MAKES A CHARGE")
- 101A: "Almost there, and E Pluribus Unum will be ___!" ("IN THE MONEY") — fittingly, this answer does not seem very on-the-money.
- 114A: "But the winner is … Inseam ___!" (BY A LENGTH) — why "Inseam???"Because it is *a* unit of length? I think I'd rewrite my entire puzzle just so I could get a more wordplay-ish expression here at the end, like (BY A NOSE) (114A: "But the winner is … Cyrano ___!"). What a weird, anticlimactic ending.
Word of the Day: "TSOTSI" (38D: 2005 South African drama that won a Best Foreign Film Oscar) —
Tsotsi is a 2005 film directed by Gavin Hood and produced by Peter Fudakowski. It is a adaptation of the novel Tsotsi, by Athol Fugard and a South African/UK co-production . The soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by popular South African artist Zola as well as a score by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker featuring the voice of South African protest singer/poet Vusi Mahlasela.Set in an Alexandra slum, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the film tells the story of Tsotsi, a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat.
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["… now with ALOE Vera."]
- 1A: Shopping lines? (UPC) — I immediately wrote in CPU, so it's a pretty awesome coincidence that one of the adjacent answers is DYSLEXICS (19D: Ones having a rough spell?)
- 41D: Suit in a Spanish card deck (OROS) — golds? I'd've sooner believed OSOS. Weird.
- 49D: Bonheur who painted "The Horse Fair" (ROSA) — I don't know who that is, but that's not the problem. ROSA crossing ROSE (49A: Part of a Derby garland)—that is the problem.
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