1970 John Wayne western / WED 11-11-15 / 1921 play that ends with extinction of human race / Talking TV palomino / Bungled salon job
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Constructor: David Steinberg
Relative difficulty: Easy
Word of the Day: RWE (44D: "Nature" essayist's inits.) —
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. (wikipedia)
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First of all, if you think I'm going to count the number of "R" in the *clues*, you are *&%^ing high. Second, this is a long, long, long way to go for a reparsing gag. You know what putting 49 "R"s in your grid gets you? A mediocre-to-cruddy grid. No one ever—and I mean Ever—said, "Hey, you know what this puzzle needs? More "R"s." I kept wondering, as I was solving, "How did a Steinberg grid get this fuddy-duddy and weak? (GRRS? RMONTHS? ROOS? ERI? UAR? ARMA? RWE!? etc.)" And then I got to the revealer. "Oh ... yeah, that'll do it." Baffling. I did enjoy BAD PERM, though (53A: Bungled salon job).
[RIGHT AS RAIN]
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. I co-constructed today's BuzzFeed crossword puzzle with Lena Webb. You can get it here. Thank you for your consideration.
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