Tar water as seen in medieval medicine / THU 3-3-16 / Having same pitch but written differently in score / Virtual city dweller / Early Japanese PM Shinzo / Gridiron scandal of 2015 / High-tech home gadget company / Ypsilanti sch whose initials name bird / Sci-fi classic featuring Dr Susan Calvin
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Constructor: Andrew Zhou
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
THEME: ENHARMONIC squares (7D: Having the same pitch but written differently, in a score) — there are three of these, where the squares contains the same pitch is written out differently in the Across and the Down answers:
- MUSEUM O [F NATURAL] HISTORY (16A: Home to many stuffed animals) / TH [E SHARP] ER IMAGE (6D: High-tech home gadget company)
- LOOKIN [G SHARP] (65A: Dressed neatly and fashionably) / GET [A FLAT] (53D: Suffer some tire damage)
- D [E FLAT] EGATE (66A: Gridiron scandal of 2015, informally) / CAR [D SHARP] (55D: One adept with a deck)
- MUSICAL NOTE (3D: One added to the staff?)
- TWO-TONE CARS (9D: Dichromatic fad of the 1950s) (not sure how "cars" fits in, but...)
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ENHARMONIC squares. You don't wanna know how long I gaped at DEFLATEGATE wondering why it wouldn't work (it wouldn't work because I had the first square as DFLAT ... ugh. Are the black squares at the bottom of the grid supposed to be in the shape of a tuning fork? I honestly don't trust my assessment of anything right now. I don't know why "cars" is part of one of the (apparent) themers? I don't know why "as seen" is in 20A: Tar water, as seen in medieval medicine (CURE-ALL). That was just brutal, and the "as seen" phrase seems superfluous. I don't think the impulse to double up on Japanese P.M.'s was a good one (ITO, ABE)—so many other, non-trivial ways to go. There are two "IT"s in this puzzle, but I don't really care (I MEAN IT, QUIT IT). ETHNO jazz seems terribly made-up (13A: ___ jazz (fusion genre)), and helped make that whole center area the toughest part of the puzzle by far.
I had NO WORD for NO NEWS (32D: "Haven't heard a thing"), and LOFTING (?) for WAFTING (59A: Floating). Loved FANGIRL quite a bit (41A: Certain geek). I imagine musical types will be squealing with joy at this one. That's fine. I liked it OK. Again, I am far far under the weather, so don't take anything I say today too seriously. Gonna go RESOAK something in hopes it will make me feel better.
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