Conditional construct in computer programming / SAT 6-4-16 / Opera genre for Tosca Pagliacci / Hooked projection on bird feather / 1980s electronic innovation from Detroit / Lily Tomlin character headset
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Constructor: Byron Walden and Brad Wilber
Relative difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: VERISMO (23A: Opera genre for "Tosca" and "Pagliacci") —
Like Gran Turismo... it's like a video game thing ... it just tells it like it is. It's the rawest of all opera genres. (Lena, trying to say out loud what she thinks VERISMO means). If you google it, it's all Starbucks coffee stuff. Braydon: "Ugh, it's Starbucks Keurig."
OK, the actual opera definition: "In opera, verismo (meaning "realism", from Italian vero, meaning "true") was a post-Romantic operatic tradition associated with Italian composers such as Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Umberto Giordano and Giacomo Puccini." (wikipedia)
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Byron Walden and Brad Wilber! Double B-Dubs!
ADIT, I was like "Oh, hello, old friend." From TOP CAT to Dan ISSEL to MOGAMBO to CESAR ROMERO to ERNESTINE to RAMON Novarro, this definitely skewed olden. Very much so. There were some nice moments, but most of it just lacked the quality and pizzazz I expect from these constructors. ELSEIF? Clue for WATER-LOVING is so literal that it's laughable ... I don't even know where you'd use that term. MISS IDAHO is one of the green paint-iest answers I've ever seen. MISS [any state]? That's legal? Ditto OHIO-BORN. [Any state]-BORN??? Yuck. Also, "People" has an ART EDITOR? There are too many questionable things. And if not questionable, arcane (see BARBICEL).
OK, it's morning now and I have to go to the Indie 500 Tournament in a few minutes. Take care.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
PS we like [Tender towards one's exes?] a lot as a clue for ALIMONIES.
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