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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Constructor: Dan Schoenholz
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: "Big Names in E-Tail" — familiar phrases have "E" added to end of one part, changing that part into a famous person's name. Wacky "?" clues for wacky answers.
- I DON'T KNOW HOWE (22A: Admission of a lack of familiarity with Mr. Hockey?)
- LONE WOLFE (4D: Single copy of "The Bonfire of the Vanities"?)
- LIGHT GREENE (33A: Less serious works by the author of "Brighton Rock"?)
- BUNS OF STEELE (52A: Reason for Brosnan fans to watch 1980s TV?)
- SHOPPING MALLE (65A: Trying to sell one's "Au Revoir les Enfants" video?)
- VOLCANIC ASHE (82A: Explosive side of a former tennis great?)
- JOKER'S WILDE (96A: Comic's copy of "The Importance of Being Earnest"?)
- LAY IT ON THICKE (113A: Assign blame to the singer of "Blurred Lines"?)
- BACK PAINE (81D: Buy into "Common Sense"?)
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No problems at all today except with TROPHIC, which ... ??? Took me a bit to sort out the whole TROPHIC / KOOL / KHZ area. Also took me a while to figure out which Brosnan incarnation I was supposed to care about. Sadly, the only 80s TV that I could think of that seemed to fit was "Scarecrow & Mrs King." In my head, it's the same as "Remington STEELE." I didn't watch either, so I can make that equivalency without any problem. Anyway, BUNS OF STEELE was definitely the hardest themer to come up with (several of them were near-gimmes), and OAXACAN didn't make matters easier (54D: Resident of southern Mexico). Very tough to parse. But that section was an anomaly. Mostly, this was cake.
- 55A: "Home, ___" (JAMES) — Uh ... OK. I wanted JEEVES. I don't know who JAMES is. A chauffeur, no doubt.
- 103D: First year in Constantine's reign (CCCVI) — I actually knew it was 3-something. That didn't make me like this long RRN any better.
- 91A: "Smack!" ("POW!") — I had POP. Made sense at the time. Also made NEWSROOM (83D: Post office?) hard to see for a bit.
Reposting these items from yesterday, since many of you won't have seen them:
- Caleb Madison (ed. of the new BuzzFeed crossword, which debuted this past Monday) and I did a radio interview with the great Emily Jo Cureton yesterday about the state of contemporary crosswords. I really enjoyed it. You can listen here (roughly 20 min.).
- The BuzzFeed puzzles are very much worth checking out (Friday's themeless by 15-year-old phenom Paolo Pasco was particularly impressive) (get it here) (read about it here). Another puzzle debuted this week too—HIGH:low, a biweekly (free!) themeless puzzle by the super-talented K. Austin Collins (currently Ph.D.-ing at Princeton). The main idea is low word-count, high quality. Sign up to have the puzzle delivered right to your inbox on the 1st and 15th of every month. I solved (and wrote about) HIGH:low #1, and it was really entertaining.
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