Tickets in slang / SAT 9-17-16 / Book before Philemon / Cliched gift for prisoner / Staple of victorian architecture / Cry before rage-quitting / Round end of sort / Snack brand first produced at Disneyland in 1960s
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Constructor: Andrew J. Ries
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
Word of the Day: FARMERS ONLY (37A: Website for people interested in "cultivating" a relationship) —
Carrying the tagline "city folks just don't get it," FarmersOnly.com launched with about 2,000 members, but grew to more than 100,000 users by 2010 as nonfarmers embraced the sensibility. // "You don't have to be a farmer," Miller, who's based in Cleveland, said. "You could work at a restaurant, or the feed store, but are looking for someone who has those values." (some Yahoo (appropriately) article)
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NOT GONNA LIE, which is Great, and FARMERS ONLY, which is not. I am having the most ridiculous back-and-forths right now on Twitter with FARMERS ONLY defenders, or, if not defenders, FARMERS ONLY knowers. Not only have I never heard of it, it seems like some dumb-@$$ $!^#. Just reading about it made me stupider. It's unusual, though, I'll give it that. Anyway, everything else was pretty forgettable, except the NE, which had a lively bunch of first-person exclamations: "OH MY! WHAT A DAY! I'M SO MAD!!! ... Where are my DORITOS, TORI!?" A nice corner indeed. Almost makes me not notice AMU. Almost.
[LISA / LISA and Cult Jam: "His kiss is credit in the bank of love / Never leave home without it!"]
I didn't know Philemon *or* TITUS were books (of the Bible?) so that wasn't easy. I don't like I AM being in the grid with I'M SO MAD. It's a dupe, contraction be damned. Hey, look, it's the LeBron "King James" reference I asked for yesterday! Fast service! (18D: King James, e.g.). Can't believe I'm saying this, but this puzzle coulda eased up on the sports. UCLA (clued via tennis), CAV, BUC, GATOR, ATL, STEPH, FOUL LINE; we get it, you're a sports fan. Clues were suitably tricky, and that is some bonkers trivia re: DORITOS (22A: Snack brand first produced at Disney land in the 1960s). But mostly it was shrug and ugh. More shrug. Actually, not a lot of ugh. And then some good parts. So ... an average Saturday, I guess.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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