Green Lantern's archenemy / SAT 3-19-16 / Surrounded old-style / Good name for girl who procrastinates / Patron for desperate / Magpie Grainstack / Comedican Marc who recorded memorable podcast with President Obama
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Constructor: Byron Walden
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium (that threatened several times to become Challenging)
Word of the Day: SINESTRO (49A: Green Lantern's archenemy) —
Thaal Sinestro is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by John Broome and Gil Kane, and first appeared in Green Lantern (vol. 2) # 7 (August 1961). // Sinestro is a former Green Lantern who was dishonorably discharged for abusing his power. He is one of the Green Lanterns' most enduring enemies, though he occasionally has acted in anti-heroic roles as well. In 2009, IGN ranked Sinestro as the 15th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. (wikipedia)
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NUDISTS on a LOVE SEAT! A TREE-HUGGING ZELDA FITZGERALD! A PROPOSAL *and* "A WEDDING." And the MAGIC CHARMS of SINESTRO! Wide-ranging and entertaining material. Difficulty level was very hard to gauge because the feel of the puzzle kept alternating between breezy and stone-hard. Luckily for me, the stone-hardness didn't last long, and the puzzle finished (in the SW) very very quickly, so overall this came out on the easy side for me. Tons of fun. Let's see how it all went down. To start, well, I feel like I got very lucky, but maybe I think my instincts were just on. I didn't know the [Patron for the desperate] at 1-Across, but I guessed "ST." something-or-other, and that was enough to get me THEODORE (2D: Presidential first name), which I confirmed with A DASH, and off we go:
Biblical suffix -ETH at 5-Down and that got me MONETS, and from there, the NW didn't last long. Once I dropped the "Z" from SCHMALTZ (1D: Bathos), ZELDA FITZGERALD went right in (30A: "Save Me the Waltz" novelist, 1932)—huge gimme, and probably the single biggest reason this puzzle played on the easy side. When a grid-spanner just falls in your lap, things open up quick.
Thought I might have trouble getting into the SW, as I couldn't figure out what the last word was in LOSING THE P--- (15D: Getting totally confused, idiomatically). "Page"? I didn't think I knew the phrase. Eventually stumbled on PLOT, but then saw the -MT ending on one of the Acrosses and thought "well that can't be right ... unless it's UNDREAMT." And then I looked at the clue and whaddya know (51A: Yet to be imagined). That corner came together in like 30 seconds. And ... SCENE! (40A: "And ... ___!").
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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