Marshal under Napoleon / TUE 12-1-15 / 1987 declaration from Michael Jackson / Beatles song released on 12/3/1965 / Mach3 forerunner / Marc who painted Russian Village under moon / Turkish pooh-bahs
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Constructor: Dan Schoenholz
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: Opening line of NORWEGIAN WOOD (55A: Beatles song released on 12/3/1965) — "I ONCE HAD A GIRL / OR SHOULD I SAY / SHE ONCE HAD ME"
Word of the Day: IMOGEN (47D: Daughter of King Cymbeline in Shakespeare's "Cymbeline") —
Imogen was the daughter of King Cymbeline in Shakespeare's play Cymbeline. She was described by William Hazlitt as "perhaps the most tender and the most artless" of all Shakespeare's women. // According to some modern editions of Shakespeare's plays, notably the 1986 Oxford Edition, the correct name is in fact Innogen, and the spelling "Imogen" is an error which arose when the manuscripts were first committed to print. The name Innogen is mentioned as a ghost character in early editions of Much Ado About Nothing as the wife of the Leonato character. Imogen in Cymbeline is paired with a character with the epithet "Leonatus". (wikipedia)
• • •
Oh, Baby Boomers. Not *every* Beatles song deserves its own puzzle. This is a non-theme. It's preposterous. I mean, it's December 1, so not even the timing is right on this one. I kept waiting for the twist, the hook, the thing. But no. The theme is just the opening line of "NORWEGIAN WOOD" and That. Is. All. Good night.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
[Follow Rex Parker on Twitter and Facebook]