Philosopher who tutored Nero / MON 10-17-16 / Shootout site involving Earp brothers / Infographic with wedges / Bill also called benjamin / Athlete who rides pine
Monday, October 17, 2016
Constructor: Damon Gulczynski
Relative difficulty: Medium (normal Monday)
- MAIN COURSE (17A: *Serving between appetizer and dessert)
- DEAD BATTERY (11D: *Reason for jumper cables)
- BENCH WARMER (24D: *Athlete who "rides the pine")
- LAST LAP (36A: *It's signaled by a white flag on the racetrack)
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CAIT" got canceled in August. Clue should reflect bygone-ness. Clues should be current. Editing fail. Beyond that, though, I thought this Monday theme worked just fine. I think LAST LAP is kind of an outlier in its not-good-ness—the "LAST" anything is not a "starter," and is it called a "starter lap?" and etc. The answer just doesn't hit the bull's eye. The others, however, are on the mark. Fill was somewhat above average, with PIE CHART, SWAP OUT, LUCKY ME!, OK CORRAL and PAGEBOY adding a little bit of spice. I was wondering when ILANA Glazer was gonna show up in a puzzle (23D: Glazer of "Broad City"). Amazingly, there has never been an ILANA in the puzzle before Ms. Glazer. I once dated an ILANA. It's not that uncommon a name. Weird. Anyway, I love "Broad City," so good for her. You might also wanna look out for her show co-creator / co-star, ABBI Jacobson. Seems like ABBI's name can't be that far behind.
I had several missteps but still ended up with a normal Monday time (which, btw, is somewhere in the 2:50s). Had MO- at 13D: Putter (along) and wanted MOTOR. Had CSP- at 31D: Bill also called a benjamin and didn't even bother looking at the clue: wrote in CSPAN. Ugh. Needed several crosses before I got RATIO (1A: Ten to one, for one). Wanted ODDS, then ... SCORE, or something like that. Also forgot how to spell CAIT. And yet it all worked out to perfect Monday-level easiness. There were maybe a *few* too many names in this grid (CAIT, ADAM, O'LEARY, SENECA, CAAN, OTTO, SAHL, IRENE, ILANA, O'DAY, ANNA—is that a lot? Feels like a lot), but nothing unfigureoutable.
Off to watch Dodgers/Cubs.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. you probably should've have "rides the pine" in a clue (24D) when RIDE is in the grid (15A). Just as a matter of elegance.
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