Titular queen of Castile in a Handel opera / THU 5-19-16 / terminer criminal court / punny quip about perp's predicament / Turing test participant / Pollock painting unit / Bygone name in Chinese politics / Modern prefix with gender / One-named Grammy winner for American Boy 2008 / Daughter of Sweeney Todd in Sondheim musical / Nautical command
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Constructor: Morton J. Mendelson
Relative difficulty: Challenging (between the ... interesting ... fill and the made-up punny quip, I just couldn't find the handle)
THEME: a punny quip about a perp's predicament — THE PRIME SUSPECT / KNEW HE WAS COOKED / AFTER HE / WAS GRILLED BY THE / POLICE DETECTIVE
Word of the Day: ALMIRA (51A: Titular queen of Castile in a Handel opera) —
Almira, Königin von Castilien ("Almira, Queen of Castile", HWV 1; full title: Der in Krohnen erlangte Glücks-Wechsel, oder: Almira, Königin von Castilien) is George Frideric Handel's first opera, composed when he was 19 years old. It was first performed in Hamburg in January 1705. [...] Almira is the sole example among Handel's many operas with no role for a castrato. (wikipedia)
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KNEW HE WAS COOKED AFTER HE WAS GRILLED..." stop. That's it. Get it!? Yeah, you get it. But ... the "grill" part really really really needs to come at the *end* for this to be a proper joke. Maybe end the quip with "... when the detective started grilling him"? Something like that. But instead the punny quip just steps on the "joke" and then keeps on walking. It's like a malfunctioning joke-bot wrote this. Crap! I said I would keep it brief. Not for me. Moving on.
The fill. Also not for me. Please don't make me relive it. ATRI OYER ALMIRA PEE. That is all. Seriously, I have to stop. There is nothing for me here. No, wait, one last thing. I'll confess I'm not up to date on all the different astrophysics prizes there are out there (????) but if you give me 33A: Bruno ___ Prize (astrophysics award), the answer better damn well be MARS.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. a couple of people (in emails) have floated the idea that "PRIME" is some kind of substantive adjective for meat (e.g. prime steak, prime rib). I don't know the stand-alone usage of "PRIME," but maybe this interpretation adds to the punniness? You be the judge.
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