My time: 16:08.
Lewis Dean Hyatt can be forgiving for having an inflated sense of SELF-IMPORTANCE after creating this puzzle, with what must have been quite a LABOR INTENSIVE effort. Look at this fill: OREO THIN, THAT'S THE SPIRIT, EVIL INTENTIONS, EXCAVATES, and more.
The first comedian to appear on the cover of "Time" was Mort SAHL in 1960. Sahl pioneered a style of social satire which pokes fun at political and
current event topics using improvised monologues and only a newspaper
as a prop.
The singer with the 2017 #1 R&B album is... SZA?? What the hell is that? I put *SIA at first. I'm so out of touch, it's a wonder I have fingers.
For "time for me to shine," I had *I'M UP, but it's I'M ON. For "buncha" I put *LOTSA but it's LOTTA.
The largest sesamoid bone in the body is the KNEECAP. What the hell is a sesamoid bone? It is a bone embedded within a tendon or a muscle. The name is is derived from the Latin word sesamum ("sesame seed"), due to the small size of most sesamoids.
ARCO has come up before as a gas station, but today it's a musical term meaning the player should return to bowing after playing pizzicato.
I knew that mahi-mahi is also called dolphinfish and other names, but I forgot about DORADO.
Here's a new thing for me. I thought HEARTS AND MINDS was a phrase dating from the Iraq War, but it turns out it was appropriated (unwisely, perhaps) from a quote by LBJ on the Vietnam War. There was a 1974 documentary on the Vietnam War bearing this title.
"Galvanized, chemically" is ZINCED. That looks so odd I was sure it was wrong.
I also had misgivings about SLICED AND DICED for "broke down for careful analysis." That is one of the dictionary definitions, but I have always thought of it as just hacking something up, even if figuratively, but without regard to figuring it out.
For "assembly line pioneer" I put *FORD but it's our old sparring buddy, Ransom Eli OLDS.
Lionel Ritchie has a song called "You ARE." Never heard of it. It's pretty glossy AOR stuff.
DREXEL University, near Penn, came up on April 9, but I forgot all about it.
Clever clues: "Make rent" is TATTER. "R.E.M. show?" is DREAM. "It made a big splash in 2001" is MIR. "What isn't legal for copying" is LTR --- I guess letter size isn't legal size. That's not so much clever as it is obscure. "Like some pans" is SCATHING.
I really enjoyed this one! Great clues, impressive fill, not too difficult. The chance to challenge myself with quality crosswords like these is what DRIVES me onward.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
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