Actor Turner of Hobbit / THU 2-23-17 / rose English heraldic emblem / Cohen who cofounded ice cream companyDomain of Horus / Home of all-vowel-named town Aiea / Toiletry brand whose TV ads once featured Supremes /
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Constructor: Jeff Chen
Relative difficulty: Eeeeeeeasy
- THIRTY ROCK (3D: *1970s fad item) (30D = PET)
- TEN PINS (28A: *Bulletin board fasteners) (10D = PUSH)
- FORTY WINKS (9D: *Pulls a fast one on) (40A = HOOD)
- TWENTY QUESTIONS (62A: *"Which weighs more — a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?" and others) (20A = TRICK)
Architecturenoun: porte cochère; plural noun: portes cochères
- a covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through, typically opening into a courtyard.
- North Americana porch where vehicles stop to discharge passengers.
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THIRTY ROCK could in theory have pointed to any answer at 30D (or 30A, depending on how you made the grid) that fit the "___ rock" pattern. Here, it's PET, but in some alternate universe puzzle it could've been KID or ACID or whatever. Lots of options also for "___ pins." Fewer for "___winks" and "___ questions." Anyway, looks like it would've been challenging (and fun) to make.
OK, well, um, I don't remember anything about solving this, honestly. Hardest part for me to get into, and the place where I wrapped things up, was the west. Just couldn't back into ARRID from the clue (35A: Toiletry brand whose TV ads once featured the Supremes), and SKY was not at all what I had in mind for Horus (I kept thinking "TIME" ... but ... I guess not) (26A: Domain of Horus, in Egyptian myth). If I hadn't had the "Z" from ZELDA, ITZA might've been tough. If I hadn't had the "Q" from QUESTIONS, NIQAB might've been tough. But in both cases, I did and they weren't. PAEAN was hard. I kept wanting PSALM (52D: Song that might have hosannas). But virtually everything else was wicked easy.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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