Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Constructor: John Westwig
Relative difficulty: Normal Tuesday (medium)
THEME: Jeremy's iron — famous names, where last name is a make of car, have apostrophe-S added to end of first names to make it sound like the famous person drives said car ...
- ABRAHAM'S LINCOLN (20A: How the Great Emancipator got around?)
- HARRISON'S FORD (25A: How the star of the Indiana Jones films got around?)
- ICHIRO'S SUZUKI (42A: How a Seattle Mariner great got around?) (why are Ford and Suzuki in past tense; they're still alive) (also Suzuki is a former Mariner current Marlin, just FYI)
- FREDDIE'S MERCURY (48A: How Queen's former frontman got around?) (Mercurys are bygone, but OK)
nounnoun: picot; plural noun: picots
- a small loop or series of small loops of twisted thread in lace or embroidery, typically decorating the border of a fabric. (google)
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The fill is stale but that hardly matters at this point. The fact that you couldn't fill that simple little corner in the SE without resorting to RAGA *and* ET AL *and* (the real kicker) YLEM ... it's astonishing. I don't even have RAGE at this point. Just disbelief. The "P" in PICOT (36A: Embroidery loop) and the "N" in NIMES (60A: City near Avignon) were my last letters because I don't know those things (or, I do, but not terribly well). Thank god I know who the hell Xerxes was (36D: Xerxes' people = PERSIANS). I could've summed all of my feelings about this puzzle up like so: "Hackneyed theme concept and oh yeah YLEM wtf?" The end. See you tomorrow.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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