My time: 37:01. Woof!
Some of these entries are pretty impressive, like I HEART RADIO (a streaming service), PEACE SUMMIT, PR NIGHTMARE, and SPIDEY SENSE!
"2016 campaign topic" is EMAIL. Seems so stupid now, doesn't it? Maybe not. We don't want a president, or indeed any elected official, so stupid and callous as to use private emails for business use and get hacked.
Things I got quickly and am proud of: "Pool cover" is obviously FELT. "Loyalty, old-style" is TROTH. "Crow, for one" is TRIBE, not bird.
Thing I got tricked by: "Oxford designation" is EEE, of Oxford shoes. For "One getting depressed on the road" I thought I was clever and put *LOW RIDER (get it? Ha ha!). It's actually GAS PEDAL. Oh.
Thing I didn't know I didn't know: I thought Chief Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas, married John *SMITH. I didn't know she married some creep named John ROLFE (who also is responsible for the cultivation of tobacco as a cash crop)! Disney, again your prettified version of history has failed me.
"Person with a mental bloc" (MENSAN) is stupid.
There has been a lot of references to TV shows I don't watch lately. "United States of Tara" stars TONI Collette. I only know her from Muriel's Wedding, which was a terrific movie.
I am the single most clueless-about-sports American male, an ongoing series: "2-3 or 1-2-2, in basketball" is a jumble of nonsense to me. ZONE DEFENSE, eh? If you say so. Basically it means not one-on-one defense.
"Little Birds" is a book of erotic short stories by Anais NIN.
So unfair: "Team in Houston" is NASA, but they also have the *NETS, which practically fits!
So unfair, also: Hey, there's a phrase in Hebrew. ANI ohev otach means "I love you." How am I supposed to know that?
Clever clue: "Minority group" is ADOLESCENTS.
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