Dutch branch of Rhine / SAT 9-12-15 / Knoxville hockey squad / Taxonomic designation like rattus rattus / singer/songwriter Sands
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Constructor: Damon Gulczynski
Relative difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: Knoxville ICE BEARS (37D: Knoxville hockey squad) —
The Knoxville Ice Bears are a professional ice hockey team. The team competes in the Southern Professional Hockey League. They play their home games at Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Ice Bears are coached by Mike Craigen, a former Ice Bears fan favorite.[peacock term] He is in his 5th season as head coach. The Ice Bears have made the playoffs in all 13 years of their existence. In 2006 the Ice Bears defeated the Florida Seals to take their first President's Cup. The Ice Bears won back to back Presidents Cup Championships in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. On April 18, 2015, the Ice Bears defeated the Mississippi RiverKings 4-2 to sweep the 2015 SPHL Finals and win their 4th Presidents Cup. (wikipedia)
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GIL made me happy (I was staring at his name on my bookshelf the other day thinking, "really gotta get him into a puzzle..."). How often do three-letter answers do anything but either just sit there or make you miserable. So, from FAUX FUR (great clue) to BI-CURIOUS to CHRISTIAN MINGLE (hurray!), I was enjoying myself plenty. Funniest moment early on was (mis-)reading the clue for CHRISTIAN MINGLE (34A: Forum for seekers for faithful partners?) and immediately thinking ASHLEY MADISON! "So timely!" I thought. I also wanted EGG for 7D: Part of many a sci-fi film (CGI). In my defense, when presented with -G- and that clue, EGG is a totally valid answer.
So, the lesson: more puzzles like this, please. Except the SE. I mean, we get it. You're into hockey (see also SABRES at 6D). But indulge your hobbies more sparingly.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. one of today's commenters asks the very valid question, "Why not change RAVER / SCORE into RAVEN / SCONE?" I have to agree that the "N" option seems in every way superior. Also, fun fact: RAVENSCONE was my Sorting Hat designation! RSCONES4LIFE!
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