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Monday, May 2, 2016
Hi, it's me, first-Monday-of-the-month-guest-blogger Annabel, and no crossword puzzle can ever cross me! OK, that's totally not true, I got stuck on the right side for awhile on this one, and finished it in 24:43. But that's only because I took a break to get ice cream from the dining hall. We have sundaes every Sunday...good stuff.
Ahem, the point is it's another Annabel Monday!
Constructor: Paula Gamache
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: ME TOO — Theme answers are two words, both of which end in "me."
- PRIME TIME (18A: 8:00-11:00 p.m., TV-wise)
- RHYME SCHEME (23A: ABAB in a poem, e.g.)
- ME TOO (41A: Copycat's comment...or, phonetically, a hint to this puzzle's theme)
- WELCOME HOME (56A: Greeting to a returning soldier, maybe)
- BLAME GAME (62A: What a finger-pointer "plays")
Word of the Day: LYNX (29A: Wildcat with tufted ears ) —
|ok yes many of us know what a lynx is but i just|
wanted the excuse to put a picture of this cute kitty
A lynx (//; plural lynx or lynxes) is any of the four species within the Lynx genus of cats. The name "lynx" originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word λύγξ, derived from the Indo-European root leuk- ("light, brightness") in reference to the luminescence of its reflective eyes.Neither the caracal, sometimes called the desert lynx, nor the jungle cat, called the jungle lynx, is a member of the Lynx genus.
So, despite what I said about getting stuck on the right side, this puzzle went pretty smoothly for me! (Honestly, it wouldn't have been a problem if I had remembered any Greek.) I liked how the fill featured both YOWZA and YOWIE, although I must add that a YOINK or a YIKES would be the icing on the cake. (Future Monday theme: Exclamations starting with Y?) I wasn't super impressed by the rest of the fill - didn't learn any words, am getting very tired of seeing ALTO in every single puzzle because then I have to go listen to "Alto's Lament" like five times in a row - but it wasn't bad enough to go all Rex on. LOOIES was funny, I definitely did not know that was a word.
The theme was OK, pretty Monday-ish for sure. It wasn't a lame theme, but at the same time, the constructor missed the opportunity to make a meme reference. ("I can haz the answers?")
- SOPH (15A: Next year's jr.) — IN JUST A FEW MONTHS THIS IS GOING TO BE ME - AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
- ELF (40D: Santa's little helper) — The correct clue for this is "the third funniest Will Ferrell movie after Anchorman and Talladega Nights," but I'll let it slide. Ahem. Anyway:
- PEPSI (1A: Coke rival) — OK, so, what's the consensus on Coke v. Pepsi in the crosswording world? Personally, I say Pepsi is better in general, but Coke is better out of a glass bottle, but Diet Pepsi is better than anything else because it just is. There's just soda many possible arguments you could make about this one.
- SHEEN (13D: Luster) — This one just makes me nostalgic for a really weird cartoon:
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