Rhoda's TV mom / FRI 10-7-16 / Last of series of nicknames / Literary hero whose name is Turkish for lion / Quadrant separator / Alchemist's concoction / Interest of mycologist
Friday, October 7, 2016
Constructor: Robyn Weintraub
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
Word of the Day: ACETONE (28A: Manicure destroyer) —
- a colorless volatile liquid ketone made by oxidizing isopropanol, used as an organic solvent and synthetic reagent. (google)
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DORITO. They are plural or they are not. OTOS kinda sounds like a snack chip brand. I like that it crosses "OH OH" because combined they make up my imagined ad campaign slogan: "OH, OH ... OTOS!" [loud crunch sound, smiling child, wacky music, the end]. I get pretty irate when there are too many "?" clues crammed into a small space, so I got pretty irate in the NE corner, where *three* abutting / intersecting answers start acting cute. It's a claustrophobic space—I have no patience for smug cleverness in tight quarters. So go to hell, SPAMACONDAROID.
["___ With Stupid Now"]
Blanked on HP's dad's name and got no help from the "Princess Bride" clue, which meant nothing to me (and I've seen that movie several times) (17A: Billy Crystal's role in "The Princess Bride"). I had "-IR..." and thus had Billy Crystal playing "SIR ... somebody." SIR O'CLIMAX? Something like that. But my 1-A Theory of Speed-Solving still pertained today, as knowing JEDI MASTER right off the bat helped me with all the other NW struggles and propelled me to a pretty good time. Had a very weird coincidence happen to me as I went to Spotify to find some classical music to blog to. I had a new recording of Stravinsky's "Petrushka" set aside to listen to, so I went to play it and noticed that the recording immediately following "Petrushka" was not Stravinsky but Debussy. Specifically, Debussy's "La boîte à joujoux," a work I hadn't even heard of until just that second. My mediocre French said to me, "Hey, doesn't that mean ...?" And yes. Yes it does.
[29A: Hot Wheels garages?]
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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