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Monday, February 1, 2016
BRO, this puzzle was too much fun for Rex to do (because he's a no-fun-allowed type dude), so I, Annabel, am back to do some writing up! (JK. It's just the first Monday of the month, y'know, that's kinda my schedule. I just like to announce it at the beginning so nobody gets halfway through the article wondering why Rex is in such a good mood today.)
Constructor: Gary Cee
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: ROAD MOVIES — Theme answers are street names that are also the names of movies.
- WALL STREET (18A: Title locale in a 1987 Oliver Stone drama)
- SUNSET BOULEVARD (26A: Title locale in a 1950 Billy Wilder film noir)
- MULHOLLAND DRIVE (44A: Title locale in a 2001 David Lynch thriller)
- ROAD MOVIES (58A: "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Thelma & Louise"...or a hint to 18-, 26- and 44-across)
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Yeah, like I said before, I probably would've liked the theme more if I actually knew any of the movies. Or if they had thrown some musicals in there!!! So instead of talking about the MOVIES part of this theme, let's talk about the ROAD part. So I gOT THIS NEW CAR AND IT WAS REALLY AWESOME AND the best part is it doesn't have an audio jack which gave me an excuse to listen to the same two CDs ("Heartthrob" by Tegan and Sara and "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" by Florence + The Machine) like several dozen times over winter break. I'm not even kidding. I'd just pop one the CD slot and drive around with it playing over and over. It was awesome. Is that how they did it in the olden days when cars didn't have audio jacks for your phone?
- COED (17A: Like most college dorms nowadays) — This one gave me a chuckle because my entire college isn't COED! It's nice to be able to just do super-girly things all the time, like rugby.
- WALL STREET (18A: Title locale in a 1987 Oliver Stone drama) — Like I said, never saw this movie, so my mom helped me out with this one.
- BOBBLE (27D: Move up and down, as a doll's head) — Apparently this is Australian for "hair tie." Also, "thong" is Australian for "flip flop." You learn a lot of things at summer camp when half of your counselors are inexplicably from either Australia or the UK. Also, why do they all call flashlights "torches"? What do they call sticks that are on fire? "Torches: Classic"?
- AMFM (1A: Switch that changes bands on the radio) — Is that like a PRNDL?
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