Where Picture A might be found / MON 10-12-15 / 1994 sci-fi film turned into series on Showtime / Wrinkle-reducing injection / Navy's gridiron rival
Monday, October 12, 2015
Constructor: Patrick Merrell
Relative difficulty: Easy (under 2:30, and w/o the pictures!)
THEME: a spoonerism letter-switch thing, with pictures — so I guess there is some NURSERY RHYME that contains the phrase "A POCKET FULL OF RYE" (which is depicted in Picture A) and then if you switch the "P" and "R" you get (sound-wise) ROCKET FULL OF PIE (which is depicted in Picture B):
Word of the Day: "STARGATE" (5D: 1994 sci-fi film turned into a series on Showtime) —
Stargate (French: Stargate, la porte des étoiles) is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first release in the Stargate franchise. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, and Viveca Lindfors. The plot centers on the premise of a "Stargate", an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device elsewhere in the universe. The film's central plot explores the theory of extraterrestrial beings having an influence upon human civilization. // The film had a mixed initial critical reception, earning both praise and criticism for its atmosphere, story, characters, and graphic content. Nevertheless, Stargate became a commercial success worldwide. Devlin and Emmerich gave the rights to the franchise to MGM when they were working on their 1996 film Independence Day, and MGM retains the domestic television rights. The rights to the Stargate film are owned by StudioCanal, with Lions Gate Entertainment handling most distribution in international theatrical and worldwide home video releases, although Rialto Pictures handles domestic distribution under license from StudioCanal. (wikipedia)
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Zep, in the Curse of the Evil Dr. Sumac Who Lives Next Door"). Further, the rest of the puzzle was barely there. It's clean and smooth (LOL on the entirely accurate LOSER clue, 64A: Put-down from Donald Trump), but it felt slight, and my lightning time suggests that the "New Idea" here (this is the NYT's "New Ideas Week," I'm told...) was not really integral. More superficial / decorative. I can see how adding pictures to the grid could be cool, though. I'm all for it, if a. they seem to matter, and b. I get a better heads-up that the downloaded puzzle isn't going to be able to handle the pictures.
One question: why is the grid 16 wide? It's not like POCKET FULL OF RYE (the "A"-less version) would've been excessively opaque. Maybe there just needed to be more white space, since the pictures took up so much real estate. Just wondering out loud ... anyway, gotta go work on a new crossword project that I'll be unveiling later today. A group project. It's gonna be fun.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. Solve the debut BuzzFeed crossword by Neville Fogarty
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