Old townhouse feature / FRI 11-6-15 / Myers 24 character / Stable character of old TV / Weighted weapon used by Inca army / Leader of battle of Alesia / Word derived from another that has related meaning like wisdom from wise
Friday, November 6, 2015
Constructor: Ian Livengood
Relative difficulty: Easy (PARONYM nearly raised it to Easy-Medium, but not quite)
Word of the Day: PARONYM (49A: Word derived from another that has a related meaning, like "wisdom" from "wise") —
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THAT SAID ..." instantly, and then ran a bunch of the Downs from there. Loved finding "SAME HERE!" right underneath, and then, under that, the jarring commercial juxtaposition of PRILOSEC SPEEDOS. Swooped into the middle of the puzzle and made my first (and only) big mistake—though it was one that was very easily fixable:
I then eyeballed the SW corner and thought, "Narrow entrance, no exit .... deep breath." You never know what you're going to find in these little rooms. But this one proved more bunny than bear. I sent FOREIGNER down there, and then its neighbors IOTA and SARIS. I somehow went with EXCITE over INCITE, but that was the only hiccup. Puzzle finished when CAESAR called a TRUCE.
- 16A: Mark on a golf course (O'MEARA) — very nice clue. Had the "O" and thought "One ... something ...?"
- 41A: 2015 Super Bowl winners, familiarly (PATS) — I read the clue as [2015 Super Bowl winners, finally], and thought, "Jeez ... partisan much?"
- 13D: Old townhouse feature (ORIEL) — bay windows that project from the walls of buildings but do not reach the ground. I get these confused with another kind of window ... something about an "eye" ... that is also crosswordese ... it's slipping my mind right now. Aha: OXEYE, also known as "oeil-de-boeuf."
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