Elsa's younger sister in Frozen / TUE 4-11-17 / Motto for modern risk taker for short / Gradually slowing in music / Bill who popularizes science
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Constructor: Zachary Spitz and Diane Roseman
Relative difficulty: Medium (I was slow, but my mistakes were dumb and likely atypical)
- PAKISTANZANIA (20A: Indian Ocean bloc?)
- NICARAGUATEMALA (24A: Central American bloc?)
- SWITZERLANDORRA (44A: Western European bloc?)
becoming slower —used as a direction in music (m-w)
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the revealer used as the puzzle's title). Fill isn't terrible, but longer answers never really get up to the level of genuinely interesting.
I was ridiculously slow today, for reasons I don't quite understand. Slowed first at SICK (3D: "Awesome!"). I use the term myself, but couldn't imagine the puzzle doing so, and thus at SI- I just ... stared for a few seconds, I think. Also HOLIDAY didn't compute At All, even with many crosses in place (4D: Office-closing time). I kept wanting a time of day. Answer was way more generic that I imagined. I then badly misread 15A: ___ vera and wrote in VICE (...). Still never seen "Frozen" so ANNA = ??? (so many great ANNAs in the world, and we get this one, blargh). I also wrote in SPAM instead of SENT at 64A: Email folder. None of this was hard; I just didn't slice through it the way I usually slice through Tuesdays. Now I'm amusing myself by doing country/state mash-ups, like GUATEMALABAMA and DENMARKANSAS ... so I should probably go now.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld\
P.S. here's a somewhat more spectacular version of this theme:
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