Bottom-feeding fish known formally as morwong / TUE 12-20-16 / Muchacho's sweetie / French royal line / Synagogue singers / Eww inducer / Cocktail usually served with orange slice cherry
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Constructor: Timothy Polin
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
- SCOTCH TAPE (17A: Clear adhesive)
- HOUSE OF BOURBON (28A: French royal line)
- TEQUILA SUNRISE (43A: Cocktail usually served with an orange slice and a cherry)
Morwongs (also called butterfish, fingerfins, jackassfish, snappers, and moki) are perciform fishes comprising the family Cheilodactylidae. they are found in subtropical oceans in the Southern Hemisphere. // Morwong is also used as a name for several unrelated fish found in Australian waters, such as the painted sweetlips, Diagramma pictum. (the word "carp" appears nowhere in the "morwong" wikipedia entry, just to be clear) (wikipedia)
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The grid, however, is really quite good. Lots of long, cool words (I'm partial to OBSEQUIOUS—as a word, not as a thing one should be). I think BLOT UP is ridiculous (you just BLOT a spill), but really even the medium-length fill in this one is solid-to-sparkly. HILLEL CANTORS NO-LOOK ... all fine. SEA CARP was by far the hardest thing to come up with (morwong!?). Good ole SNERT, faithful SNERT. Always there to help out (27D: Hägar the Horrible's dog). I keep reading MEWED as ME, WED? [Incredulous question from a bachelor?]. EPHEMERA is a really pretty word. It is late and I need to sleep now. I just had gin ON THE ROCKS and it was great. COTTON GIN! See, there's another. RUM TUM TUGGER. CATCHER IN THE RYE! PA RUM PUM PUM PUM (14) actually gives you a simple switch-out, as it's the same length as TEQUILA SUNRISE! Come on, the answers are out there!
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
P.S. Good think they got this in to print before the inauguration. That clue on 7D is not gonna be true for much longer.
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