L'chaim / THU 5-5-16 / Nonstick pan brand / World's second most translated author / 7 on the Beaufort scale / Sports org. with the Calder Cup
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Constructor: David Poole
Relative difficulty: Thursday
So, if I'm in a bad mood, now you know why. If, on the other hand, I say anything crazy, well that's just the Vicodin talking. Got that? Okay, here we go.
Theme: "Ace in the Hole" - the word ACE is presumed to reside in four squares (holes) in the grid.
- 1A: Cel material - [ACE]TATE
- 13D: Sourness - [ACE]RBITY
- 24A: Spiritual that lent its name to a 2015 Broadway musical - AMAZING GR[ACE]
- 12D/30D: Period when dinosaurs became extinct - CRET[ACE]OUS
- 52A: Hidden advantage that this puzzle employs four times? - [ACE] IN THE HOLE
- 35D/56D: Neighboring - ADJ[ACE]NT TO
- 68A: Big name in Italian fashion - VERS[ACE]
- 51D: Longtime Vegas performer - LIBER[ACE]
But that third error? Well, what I think we have here is a living, breathing Natick. Crossing [41D: Charlie Chan's creator Earl ___ Biggers] and [23D: Cubist Fernand] at the last letter is just ... well, that could have been any letter in the alphabet as far as I was concerned. I guess if I'm going to put a positive spin on it, I learned something today. But that's all you're getting.
- 21A: TAROT [Holder of The Sun and The World] - I was thinking this was referring to newspapers. Are there any newspapers actually called The World? Now that I think about it, that seems like a fake newspaper name they would use in, like, cartoons.
- 33A: DEN [TV spot, often] - I had a hard time talking myself out of "spot" meaning "advertisement," which really slowed me down here.
- 35A: ARIETTA [Short piece at La Scala]
- 55A: DEMI [Starting half?] - I entered the last three letters and then had to wait to see if the first letter was going to be an H, an S, or a D.
- 67A: METS [N.L. East team] - Of course, I wanted this to be NATS. Sigh.
- 8D: SEP [Mo. with Talk Like a Pirate Day] - My favorite line of the Talk Like a Pirate Day origination story is this: "They were playing racquetball, and, as so often happens, they began talking like pirates."
- 46D: AHL [Sports org. with the Calder Cup] - Darn it! I knew it was a hockey award, but didn't realize it was for only one league.
- 61D: JAM [Showy basket] - I had to ask Doug Peterson to explain this one to me. He sent me this:
I have two quick things to plug before I let you go.
- I contributed a guest puzzle for the American Values Club Crossword this week! If you're not a subscriber, you can subscribe here. Or you can buy single puzzles (including mine!) for the low, low price of $1. I hope you'll try it. And I hope you'll like it!
- It's not too late to register for the Indie 500 crossword tournament, which will be held June 4 in Washington, D.C. I attended last year as a competitor and had a blast. This year I'm on the organizing team and, if I do say so myself, it's shaping up to be even better than last year. Don't miss out! Register now!
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