Soybean snack / THU 5-12-16 / Greek colonnade / Sucker holder / World music's King Sunny / Courier Myriad / Ampersand follower
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Constructor: James Tuttle
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: Second verse, enclosed in the first — two-word phrases where letters of second word can be found (in non-consecutive order) inside the first. Circles indicate the letters in the second word:
- MARATHON (17A: 1976 Dustin Hoffman thriller)
- WRESTLING (22A: Stage for Hulk Hogan)
- TRANSPARENT (34A: What 3M's Scotch is a brand of)
- ESTIMATED (51A: Arrival or departure approximation)
- ABSTRACT (57A: Rothko's field)
Aloe ferox (known as the Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe and Tap Aloe), is a species of arborescent aloe indigenous to southern Africa. It is one of several Aloe species used to make bitter aloes, a purgative medication, and also yields a non-bitter gel that can be used in cosmetics. (wikipedia)
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ESTIMATED TIME is a teeny bit weak as a stand-alone phrase, but it didn't bother me much. This puzzle just ... was. I like DECREPIT very much as a word (2D: In bad shape). I like EDAMAME very much as a food (27A: Soybean snack). So some delight there. But between the vanilla theme and the reddi-wip (i.e. I'll pass) fill, I was mostly glad not to have struggled much, and just to be done with it.
Time was very fast today. Well under 5. I fell into one pretty bad pit—fittingly, the pit was TORTURE (instead of the milder TORMENT). Elsewhere, that [___it!] style of clue that I do not like at all made it very hard to see DRUM SET (30D: Beat it!). Then even when I got the gist of the clue, I wanted DRUM KIT. Also had [----ERS market] at 43A and wanted SELLERS (after BUYERS wouldn't fit). It is FARMERS. Dum duh dum dum dum dum Dum. I wish this puzzle had just said NOE to ALOES and SRTAS hanging out by the STOA with RST (whoever that is). SE is a bit of a wreck all around. But honestly I didn't wince or groan that much. It was all very typical stuff. I do wish typical were better, but here we are.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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