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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Constructor: Fred Piscop
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: blank AND blank — theme clues are [What ___ can anagram to] and the answers are familiar phrases following the "___ AND ___" pattern (so, the AND is not actually part of the anagram—the idea is that the clue word anagrams into two words, and the answers represent some imagined person saying "first word" AND "second word")
- GIN AND TONIC (17A: What NOTICING can anagram to)
- DATE AND TIME (29A: What MEDITATE can anagram to)
- NEAT AND TRIM (44A: What MARTINET can anagram to)
- KISS AND TELL (59A: What SKILLETS can anagram to)
Dora Spenlow is a character in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. She is portrayed as beautiful but childish. David, who is employed by her father, the lawyer Mr Spenlow, falls in love with Dora at first sight and marries her. She proves unable to cope with the responsibilities of married life, and is more interested in playing with her dog, Jip, than in acting as David's housekeeper. All this has a profound effect on David, but he still loves her. However, a year into their marriage she suffers a miscarriage, and her health steadily declines until she eventually dies. // Charles Dickens named his daughter Dora Annie Dickens after the character on her birth in 1850, but she died the following year at the age of eight months. (wikipedia)
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ENIDs and UGLIs and RAREDs and TOILEs and what not), but solid enough for what it is. I don't have much to say about it. It's fine. A placeholder. Something to tide me over until a (fingers crossed) tricky / brilliant Thursday puzzle. The one thing this puzzle was was Easy. I was 15-20 seconds under yesterday's puzzle, and that was despite a. not really getting the theme and b. nearly wiping out at DORA / DATE AND TIME. I needed every single cross. I flat-out didn't know DORA, and DATE AND TIME ... is a phrase? That ... people say? It's the weakest, or un-snappiest, of the AND phrases. NEAT AND TRIM isn't that great either. The other's are great—vivid, real *things*.
BONK held me up too, somehow. Wanted BEAN. And something about the cluing at 28D: Sleep-deprived employee, maybe kept WORKAHOLIC out of consideration for too long. I think the "employee" part is what did it. No, I know the "employee" part is what did it. It is needless. I get that it is supposed to evoke "office" or "workplace," but you could put "person" in there and it's the same. You're a WORKAHOLIC whether you are *my* employee or not. You can be a WORKAHOLIC without being anyone's employee (but your own). WORKAHOLIC relates to work, not to being anyone's employee, specifically. That damn word evoked a relationship that has nothing to do with the answer. [Sleep-deprived guy on subway, perhaps] is just as accurate. I have to go back to watching USA get destroyed by Argentina in the Copa America now. Good night.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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