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Monday, March 14, 2016
Constructor: Lynn Lempel
Relative difficulty: On the Challenging side *For A Monday* (solving time: 3:38)
THEME: Exhortations to famous people — ordinary compound words are reimagined as imperative clauses shouted at famous people:
- PLAY, WRIGHT! (18A: "Wilbur, get in the game!")
- IRON, WOOD! (20A: "Elijah, press your clothes!")
- SHARE, HOLDER! (33A: "Eric, give some to us!")
- BATTLE, FIELD! (42A: "Sally, keep up the fight!")
- FIRE, BIRD! (56A: "Larry, shoot!")
- GRIND, STONE! (60A: "Emma, do that sexy dance!")
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Getting from the first names in the clues to the intended famous person was always easy, especially considering that the clue phrases oddly (counter-intuitively) put the name before the command. Seems more natural to me to say "Keep up the fight, Sally!", and that phrasing also parallels the phrasing of the answer: "BATTLE, FIELD!" ... Command, name! But the clues put the name first, perhaps just for the sake of variety. The bigger comprehension issue was figuring out who the first name in the clue was supposed to refer to. You say Wilbur, I think pig. Actually, I think:
I was lucky enough to have most of HOLDER in place before I saw that clue, because otherwise it would've taken some time to figure out which of the scores of famous "Eric"s were in play. But I liked the added challenge and the cleverness today. Other minor issues:
- IRONWOOD — I don't know what this is. I honestly got it confused with the William Kennedy novel "Ironweed."
- RUMP (58D: Posterior) — I went with "REAR"
- SISSY (27A: Wuss) — I had ... several things here, not all of them plausible answers. I'd much rather see this clued as Spacek than as a term of derision.
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