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Quadrennial soccer championship / MON 10-11-10 / Showy cock's object of affection / Dwellers on Mount Olympus / Storied isle near Java

Monday, October 11, 2010

Constructor: Robert Fisher

Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium

THEME: Tableware — theme answers end with PLATE, SAUCER, CUP, and BOWL, respectively

Word of the Day: Aria da CAPO (13A: Area da ___) —

The da capo aria was a musical form prevalent in the Baroque era. It was sung by a soloist with the accompaniment of instruments, often a small orchestra. The da capo aria was common in the musical genres of opera and oratorio. // A da capo aria is in ternary form, meaning it is in three sections. The first section is a complete musical entity, ending in the tonic key, and could in principle be sung alone. The second section contrasts with the first in its musical texture, mood, and sometimes also tempo. The third section was usually not written out by the composer, who rather simply specified the direction "da capo" (Italian for "from the head") - meaning from the beginning, which meant that the first section should be repeated in full. (wikipedia)

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Pretty simple theme, but the theme answers are decent, the NW/SE corners are interest, the long Downs are pretty lively, and the fill is generally solid. Thumbs up. It felt like I got hung up more than usual on a Monday, but my 2:50 time is pretty normal for Monday, I think. Maybe even a tad fast. Stumbled right out of the box by not understanding 1A: Close with a bang (SLAM). I was taking the "with a bang" part metaphorically, and couldn't come up with a good answer in four letters. Had to work Downs before answer became clear. Also, the FIFA part of FIFAWORLDCUP did not come easily. Had WORLDCUP but just blanked on what first four letters could be. I'm likely not the only one that happened to, as most Americans are probably familiar with the WORLDCUP, but not sooo much with the sponsoring organization. No big deal. Lastly, I just flubbed the SW corner a bit for reasons I don't quite get. Couldn't get my regulatory orgs. straight to answer 59D: Prescription safety org. (FDA), and couldn't be bothered to focus on 63A: "I bet you won't go bungee jumping," e.g. long enough to figure out what the hell that sentence was getting at. I figured there must be a joke or pun involved. But no—it's just what it looks like: a DARE.

Theme answers:
  • 19A: Shifting piece of the earth's crust (TECTONIC PLATE)
  • 33A: Extraterrestrial's transportation (FLYING SAUCER)
  • 40A: Quadrennial soccer championship (FIFA WORLD CUP)
  • 55A: Los Angeles Philharmonic summer venue (HOLLYWOOD BOWL)
I really don't have much else to say. I don't know why the clue at 34D: Dwellers on Mount Olympus (GODS) isn't phrased [Mount Olympus dwellers]. Concision! Also, 53A: Showy cock's object of affection (PEAHEN) keeps making me laugh every time I look at it. I am currently trying to get #favrescock to become a Trending Topic on Twitter, to little avail. If you don't know why, go here, but do NOT watch the video if you don't want to see, well, #favrescock (too be fair, I should say #allegedlyfavrescock)

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

PS AcrossLite users will likely rejoice today at the introduction of the Unlocked Puzzle! Yes, you can find out instantly if you got the answers right from now on! If you finish correctly: Mr. Happy Pencil pops up (!). If you can't finish, just click "Reveal All" or whatever the menu selection is and Bob's Your Uncle, there's your completed grid. If this means that you'll no longer be coming here to get your answers any more ... you will be missed. [Cue "Taps"]

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