Faerie Queene woman whose name means peace / MON 10-19-15 / TV installation not requiring antenna / Electric Slide Cotton-Eyed Joe / Signature Muhammad Ali ploy / Smallish computer storage unit for short
Monday, October 19, 2015
Constructor: Bruce Venzke and Victor Fleming
Relative difficulty: Medium Monday
THEME: TIES (69A: Binds ... or a hint to the starts of the answers to the six starred clues) —
- CABLE OUTLET (17A: *TV installation not requiring an antenna)
- WIRE FRAUD (24A: *Crime involving a Nigerian prince, maybe)
- LINE DANCE (50A: *Electric Slide or Cotton-Eyed Joe)
- STRING BEANS (62A: *Tall, skinny sorts)
- ROPE-A-DOPE (11D: *Signature Muhammad Ali ploy)
- CHAIN MAIL (31D: *Protective medieval gear)
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IRENA (51D: "The Faerie Queene" woman whose name means "peace"), and OLD BAG is gross and sexist (65A: Hag) (particularly in the hands of male constructors and male editors), but other stuff is solid enough. Just dull. Last week is really highlighting how dull Normal Ideas weeks have become.
I have no idea what a CABLE OUTLET is and do not understand what "Installation" means in the clue, despite having cable TV/Internet, and despite asking my wife if she understood (no, not really—she could guess, but she could not be certain). There is no "outlet" in my house. I mean, the cable comes "out" of a panel in the wall that vaguely resembles an electrical outlet, but I have never heard it called "CABLE OUTLET" and I've certainly never thought of it as an "Installation." That answer and WIRE FRAUD slowed me down a bit today (WIRE FRAUD's clue was just fine—maybe a little more T or W than M, but just fine).
SKYPE was in the Mini today, which was a weird experience. I solve the Mini as a kind of 20-second appetizer before heading into the real puzzle. Probably a good idea to coordinate those two puzzles, to avoid dupes. Also, probably, not that big a deal.
I got nothing else on this one.
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