Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday's New York Times puzzle solved: April 4, 2018

My time: 6:22, very close to my record!


Famous satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic and Eric Berlin teamed up to gift us with this really cheesy movie title pun puzzle: A FEW GOUDA MEN, FETA ATTRACTION, THE PELICAN BRIE, and MEUNSTERS, IC.  Ha ha!  So cheesy!  How dairy dazzle us so with these puns?

In what I assume is all Weird Al's doing, there's also a mention of his musical godfather, Tom LEHRER, and probably another influence, John CLEESE.

I vaguely remember the same SARA Bareilles, singer best known for the 2007 hit "Love Song."

UPN, the United Paramount Network, was a TV station from 1995 to 2006.  many of its programs went on to air on The CW, a TV network and joint venture between CBS and Warner Brothers (the name is an initialism).

There are three types of CLEF symbols, and all of them are curly.

Also in musical time, A TEMPO is a direction indicating the song should return to the previous speed.

I was totally baffled by "Acre's land."  It's ISRAEL, because Acre is a coastal city in North Israel.  It has been a human settlement for at least five thousand years.  The name may be derived from a Canaanite word meaning "border."  It is also called Akko.

The CALLA lily slowed me down, just as it did on February 6 when it first appeared!  Argh.

Clever clues: "Rock that rolls?" is LAVA. "Coach, or what a coach is part of" is TRAIN.  "Rug you don't walk on" is TOUPEE.

Well, that was oh, so clever and OSO fun.  Slightly challenging and a theme that helps the fill fall into place once it clicks.  Good job to both clever constructors.

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