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Sunday, June 5, 2016
Constructor: Tom McCoy
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: Word Search — clues all start "Where you can find...?" (see, you're "searching" for a "word"), and then every answer is both a familiar term / phrase *and* directions telling you where you might find the other word (in different familiar terms / phrases). Hence:
- 23A: Where you can find ... "jacket" or "yourself"? (FOLLOWING SUIT) (because "suit jacket" and "suit yourself")
- 31A: ... "go" or "so"? (BEFORE LONG)
- 37A: ... "anybody" or "cooking"? (CLOSE TO HOME)
- 65A: ... "got" or "tell"? (BETWEEN YOU AND ME)
- 93A: ... "two"or "face"? (AHEAD OF TIME)
- 95A: ... "building" or"hours"? (POST OFFICE)
- 113A: ... "that's" or "special"? (NEXT TO NOTHING)
Asa Gray (November 18, 1810 – January 30, 1888) is considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century. His Darwiniana was also considered an important explanation of how religion and science were not necessarily mutually exclusive. (wikipedia)
• • •JUST NOW ASTRIDE ... WHOOPEE! Racy.
E'EN and NE'ER —[Contraction missing a V]— ... there's also an ERE, if you dare). But that has virtually no impact on the overall solving experience.
It's pretty funny that this puzzle is titled "Word Search" because if you follow mentions of the word "crossword" on Twitter (as I do), you know that So Many people out there refer to things that are not "crosswords" as "crosswords," most commonly "criss-cross" puzzles (you may have seen these in some stupid assignment your child's third- or seventh- or twelfth- or college freshman teacher thought was "fun") and most annoyingly "word searches." All the time. Total public confusion about what the hell a "crossword puzzle" even is. The "criss-cross" confusion I kind of get. I mean, these *are* "words" that are "crossing" ...
But that's not a crossword. So calling this "Word Search" had me all worried I'd have to actually search for words in this puzzle like some kind of dope, but no. No. Thank you, Tom, for not making me circle stuff in my finished grid.
["Can't read my, can't read my..."]
[SRO = Standing Rhino, Ogling]
I'm still IN D.C. because of yesterday's Indie 500, and we're going to have to leave very soon because our entire route home is thunderstorm alley, and it's going to get quite terrible later in the day. I'll report on the tournament in a future post (Tuesday). For now, I can tell you that I won ... this:
See you later.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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