Modern brain-scanning procedure for short / SAT 9-10-16 / Crazy in 2010 Shakira hit / Capital where hell is pronounced johm riab sua / Animal whose name is derived from Latin for ghosts
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Constructor: Peter Wentz
Relative difficulty: Medium (or Easy, or who knows)
Word of the Day: DOGCART (38D: Light carriage) —
nounnoun: dog cart; plural noun: dog carts; noun: dogcart; plural noun: dogcarts; noun: dog-cart; plural noun: dog-carts
- a two-wheeled horse-drawn cart, with cross seats back to back, originally incorporating a box under the seat for sportsmen's dogs. (wikipedia)
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PHNOM PENH (15A: Capital where "hello" is pronounced "johm riab sua") (that's ... Khmer?) or ALEX ROCCO (17A: He played Moe Greene in "The Godfather") (seen movie many times, never knew actor's name) or FMRI (?), so NW was a waste. Sadly, my first answer was ICE IN (20A: Block at an airport, perhaps). I almost feel guilty about that, since no human would ever guess that naturally. That's pure crossword instinct. Then EPOCH and HIVE and then there was a moment of whoooosh and I GLIDEd right down into the SE, picking up the very easy NE along the way. PALMOLIVE (60A: Brand once pitched with the slogan "You're soaking in it") was the absolute gimme I *wish* I'd had at 1-Across. Anyway, I backed my way back into the NW and took it down and then circled around and brought my solving to a point—the grid all filled in except the SE. Narrow access point, but I figure, I got this. I figured very, very wrong. Here's what my grid looked like before the freefall.
It's weird, though, now that I think of it. My time was only a little north of my normal Saturday time. I think because so much of it was easy, the hard parts felt devastating. Also, I'm used to being right in step with Wentz puzzles, and today ... it's like you don't even know me, Pete!
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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