Physicist Nathan who postulated wormholes / SUN 5-29-16 / 1880s-90s veep P Morton / Enlightened buddhist / Drive street where Harry Potter grew up / Dweller along Mandeb Strait / TV inits since 1975 / Never in Nikolaus
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Constructor: Kevin G. Der
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium (closer to Medium)
- BEER HUNTER (21A: Best Picture adaptation about ... a search for the perfect brew, with "The"?)
- SILENCE OF THE IAMBS (24A: ... inaudible metrical poetry, with "The"?)
- THE VAST EMPEROR (37A: ... a fat Eastern monarch?)
- DUNCES WITH WOLVES (50A: ... fools accompanying a pack of wild animals?)
- GONG WITH THE WIND (67A: ... a reed and percussion duet?)
- FRENCH CONFECTION (84A: ... an éclair or crème brûlée, with "The"?)
- A BEAUTIFUL MINK (99A: ... gorgeous fur?)
- GERMS OF ENDEARMENT (my favorite) (113A: ... cooties from hugs and kisses?)
- MY HAIR LADY (also good) (122A: ... a salon woman I go to?)
The Office of Economic Opportunity was the agency responsible for administering most of the War on Poverty programs created as part of United States President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society legislative agenda. (wikipedia)
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If you knew your crosswordese, then you had a leg up today. AIT crossing ARHAT! (29A: River islet / 12D: Enlightened Buddhist). Two words I only ever seen in crosswords (OK maybe I've seen AIT in the wild, but not much). You were also ahead of the game if you knew a Slew of short proper nouns. You were also ahead of me, as I knew virtually none of those shorties. The fact that they were densely clustered around RAVE REVIEW, an answer I didn't understand until the very last letter I put in the grid, made the NW by far the toughest section to solve. Let's meet the mystery players:
- LIV! (23A: Disney Channel's "___ and Maddie") — you can just stop at "Disney Channel"
- LEVI! (27D: 1880s-'90s veep ___ P. Morton) — uh ... no.
- PEGG! (57D: Simon of the "Mission: Impossible" films) — OK now that I realize we're talking about the modern films and not the original series (my bad!) I can actually picture this guy. But while solving, I figured he was just some olde-timey actor I'd never heard of.
Other trouble spots involved my comical inability to anagram "snake" (I don't think of snakes as SNEAKy, as I nearly step on them all the time in the woods), my layman's understanding of [What stars do] (GLIMMER, I wrongly assumed), and my utter non-understanding of what "sponsorship packages" even means (TIERED? If you say so!). Still, because the film titles were so familiar and the changes to said titles so minuscule, I made pretty good time. Not lightning fast, but better than average.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. Hey, Rich and J.T.—I know you send each other emails with the subject line "FRP," and I know what the "F" stands for. So ... thanks for acknowledging my fearlessness. XO
P.P.S. Lollapuzzoola, one of my two favorite crossword tournaments, is accepting crossword submissions for its tourney this August. Here's a message from tourney organizer Brian Cimmet: ""Lollapuzzoola, the greatest crossword tournament ever held on a Saturday in August, is accepting submissions! Our 9th annual tournament is happening on Saturday, August 13 in New York City — and it could feature YOU! Do you have a puzzle that is brilliant, clever, inventive, mildly wacky, curiously strong, and can measure up to the unrehearsed nonsense of Lollapuzzoola? Send it our way! We'll take a look at themes, concepts, completed grids, etc. (but don't feel pressured to finish cluing or filling). Submissions will be accepted until June 1, 2016. Please send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org" http://www.bemoresmarter.com/
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