Topkapi Palace resident / FRI 5-6-16 / Architect sculptor with eponymous New York museum / Home to naturally pink Lake Retba / Mamie Eisenhower hairstyle / Like atoms with full outer shells / Speedball component
Friday, May 6, 2016
Constructor: Julian Lim
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
Word of the Day: Isamu NOGUCHI (36A: Architect/sculptor with an eponymous New York museum) —
Isamu Noguchi (野口 勇 Noguchi Isamu?, November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) was an American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold. // In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today. His work lives on around the world and at the Noguchi Museum in New York City. (wikipedia)
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C.J. CREGG crept into my brain and lodged there (33A: Allison Janney's role on "The West Wing"). Well, the "C.J." part definitely did. The CREGG part is only vaguely familiar, but except for the "C" it was easy to come up with. The other cheek is NOGUCHI, whose name I briefly forgot but whom I was once interested in because his designs are so cool. Very mid-century space age. He makes shapes that look a lot like the shapes I often see on the covers of the vintage scifi paperbacks in my collection. The artist Richard Powers in particular seems to have been highly influenced by NOGUCHI (or vice versa)?
This played very easy overall; I came in the low 6's, going at a very leisurely pace, and taking the time to take a screen grab at the point I hit one of my most-disliked abbrs.: ATH.
[also from my collection]
Had HASSLES for 16A: Snags (LASSOES), which more than half worked out. Wanted SEABEDS instead of SEALABS (20A: Locales for deep investigaions?) and took way more time than I should've needed getting the last four letters of MAKE THE BEST ----. I could think of only OUT OF (too long) and OF (too short). But of course the actual answer (MAKE THE BEST OF IT) works perfectly for the clue (53A: Turn lemons into lemonade, so to speak).
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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