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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Constructor: Ian Livengood
Relative difficulty: Challenging (hilariously so)
THEME: ANAGRAM THE / FIRST WORD / IN EACH CLUE —just what it says
Word of the Day: Deseret (63A: Steered, today => UTAH) —
The State of Deseret (i//) was a provisional state of the United States, proposed in 1849 by settlers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Salt Lake City. The provisional state existed for slightly over two years and was never recognized by the United States government. The name derives from the word for "honeybee" in the Book of Mormon. (wikipedia)
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SATS are *things* that high schoolers obsess over? I resent having to anagram a word in order to get something as stupid and vague as "things." "O, CANADA" is a "strain"? Gah. And the grid is just ... instructions plus a forgettable themeless. That's what the puzzle boils down to. Solver pleasure given zero consideration here. One "aha" moment followed by a long slog to the finish line.
The fill doesn't even matter. There's nothing to say. Anagrams. The end.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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