Like a wet blanket / SAT 9-26-15 / Frothy drinks with tapioca balls / Excellence, in modern slang / Old-school rapper? / Hirelings of old / Carry before delivering / How Viola dresses in "Twelfth Night"
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Constructor: David Woolf
Relative difficulty: Medium-Tedium
Word of the Day: FERULE (Old-school rapper?)—
historicalnoun: ferule; plural noun: ferules
- a flat ruler with a widened end, formerly used for punishing children.
• • •...children and crossword solvers, amirite? Lena Webb here, literally filling in for Rex. It took me a while (an hour) but I filled it in and, well, it was:
LATTE ART and CILANTRO were very nice, PALTRIEST got some side-eye from me, and I didn't like THE MOB or AS A MAN (there is some unspoken crossrule that makes "the" best implied and not seen, and ASAMAN is just another arbitrary source of "gentle letters," as I like to call them).
|The LATTE ART is not amused|
Despite what I've said, NO FUN is too harsh. I like that this grid flips the NYTimes' 15x15 table, and I know what it's like to have dynamite seed entries demand some compromises, so please join me in thanking David for constructing a grid for us to solve and discuss.
HUAC! Sorry I had to cough.
- 27A: Travel mag advertiser (B AND B) — My boyfriend and I know this as the cocktail "Bénédictine and Brandy," rather than that B&B on the Cape (point is, "and" seems weird with the already abbreviated "B")
- 20A: Out-of-this-world settlement (MOON BASE) — Is there a moon base? Not yet.
- 52A: Photographer's support (UNIPOD) — Selfie stick or the pics didn't happen. (Selfie stick in Wikipedia is described as a MONOPOD omg)
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