My time: 6:41.
Ross Trudeau brings us this stylish puzzle which hangs four clothing-related puns on the phrase FASHION POLICE. I found this to be a delightful collection of plays on words, with perfectly written clues. I got the first one right off, even before coming to the capper that pulls it all together: "proper attire for taking fingerprints?" is DUST JACKET. "Proper attire for picking up a series of clues?" is TRAIL BLAZER. "Proper attire for detaining a perp?" is HOLDING TANK. And "proper attire for shadowing a suspect?" is FOLLOW SUIT.
Surprising, clever, amusing... just a very well done Tuesday theme.
Being the most clueless American male about sports, I had never heard of MLB's two AARONS in today's puzzle: Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge. They're both Yankees! I have, however, heard of ALONZO Mourning.
Everyone has heard of Twitter Queen Chrissy TEIGEN, but I didn't know she wrote a book called Cravings.
Some vague flicker of a memory from my life as a northeasterner still lingered, and I pulled RARITAN, New Jersey out of it. This is a borough of about 7,000 people. It is also the name of a bay and a river. All of these places are named for the RARITAN people, a branch of the Lenape.
For "black cat running across your path, it is said" I put *BAD LUCK but it's BAD OMEN. This slowed me down. Likewise, for "like summers in Washington DC" I put *MUGGY but it's HUMID. These are tricky for a Tuesday!
Here's a good word: EMERSION. The opposite of submersion, I suppose. Defined as the act of emerging, and typically used in astronomy. But a submarine does it too!
The pull-up muscles LATS were last used on September 14. Feel the burn!
Mauna KEA, the tallest mountain in Hawaii, comes up a lot.
The bat for hitting practice fly balls is called a FUNGO, which popped up on April 8.
"Arkansas River city" is TULSA, and this tidbit of Tulsian trivia was last seen way back on November 10, 2017.
As I said above, I loved this theme. Great puns, with a great capper. The time today was slow, but not exceptionally so. I didn't FLAIL around a lot, but I might need a REST AREA now.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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