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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Constructor: Michael S. Maurer
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging (for a Wednesday...)
THEME: just ordinary football terms that have been given wacky clues —
- FIRST DOWN (17A: Appetizer, usually?)
- KICK OFF (24A: Exile from?) — god, that clue's awkwardness hurts
- DEFENSIVE LINE (33A: "I am not guilty," e.g.?)
- RED ZONE (50A: Cuba or North Korea?)
- FAIR CATCH (57A: Beauty queen bride, quaintly?)
Johnnie Lucille Collier (April 12, 1923 – January 22, 2004), known professionally as Ann Miller, was an American dancer, singer and actress. She is best remembered for her work in the Hollywood musical films of the 1940s and 1950s. [...] She appeared in a special 1982 episode of The Love Boat, joined by fellow showbiz legends Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Della Reese, Van Johnson, and Cab Calloway in a storyline that cast them as older relatives of the show's regular characters. (wikipedia)
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ESPECIAL, and w/ ESTOS up there, that section's not much fun. But the puzzle rarely resorts to stupid non-words (though, EMOTER, I see you ...), and there's nothing very cringey at all. It's all OK. Just conceptually weak. Not much fun for me. But I've been testing some pretty special puzzles, so maybe this puzzle is suffering in my eyes by comparison. There's really nothing Wrong with this puzzle. It's just blah. And if you're not into football, god help you.
- 26A: "The only American invention as perfect as a sonnet," per H. L. Mencken (MARTINI) — Great clue on MARTINI, but Hard As Hell. Needed almost every cross before it dropped.
- 21A: Where you might spend dinars for dinners (SERBIA) — first, that pun is truly lousy. Second, I fell like half the world uses dinars. This clue was hard.
- 52A: Dance class wear (UNITARD) — I wrote LEOTARD, because of course I did.
- 35D: Ceaselessly (NO END) — I wrote in ON END. This was oddly disastrous.
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