Constructor: Derrick Niederman
Relative issue: Simple
THEME: “Opposites Entice” — theme solutions include letter strings composed of two “reverse” phrases:
- ALFRED NOYES (24A: English poet who wrote “The Highwayman”) (them & us)
- POOR RICHARD (30A: Early American pseudonym) (poor & wealthy)
- FACE THE MUSIC (37A: Settle for imminent punishment) (them & us)
- HEART OF ROMAINE (68A: Caesar salad ingredient) (to & from)
- FIX BREAKFAST (98A: Scramble some eggs, say) (repair & break)
- ENDODONTICS (107A: Department of dentistry that makes a speciality of root canals) (do & do not)
- KARLA BONOFF (114A: Famous songwriter behind Wynonna Judd’s “Inform Me Why” and Linda Ronstadt’s “All My Life”) (on & off)
- ROUTINE (46D: Usual, standard) (out & in)
- PANDORA (55D: Her identify is Greek for “all-gifted”) (and & or)
Phrase of the Day: KARLA BONOFF (114A) —
Karla Bonoff (born December 27, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter. Whereas Bonoff has launched quite a few albums, she is primarily identified for her songwriting. Bonoff’s songs embrace “House,” coated by Bonnie Raitt, “Inform Me Why” by Wynonna Judd, and “Is not It At all times Love” by Lynn Anderson.
Most notably, Linda Ronstadt recorded a number of Bonoff songs, together with three tracks on the 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind (“Somebody To Lay Down Beside Me”, “Lose Once more” and “If He is Ever Close to”), which launched Bonoff to a mass viewers, and “All My Life“, a 1989 duet with Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. (wikipedia)
[“I got something to give you / That the mailman / Can’t deliver…”]
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I assumed this was a superbly respectable Sunday puzzle. It is bought a constant and intelligent theme that delivers vigorous theme solutions. The idea was fairly clear, and that transparency made the puzzle a lot simpler to unravel. The one themer I can think about giving anybody any bother is KARLA BONOFF, which was simply my favourite themer since, for as soon as, I Knew The Obscure Trivia Clue! Ding Ding Ding! Jackpot! I knew my quantity needed to come up some day, and right now was the day. I discovered KARLA BONOFF after I was deep into an early ’80s pop music section (one which I’m controversial nonetheless in). I began listening to the Prime 40 charts, together with (and particularly) these songs that I might by no means heard of, and KARLA BONOFF’s “Personally” (see video, above) was a type of minor hits. I bear in mind studying that she had gone on to have higher success as a songwriter than as a performer, however since that day I examine her, I have not thought a lot about her in any respect … till right now! I had the “ONOFF” half and thought, “ONOFF … BONOFF … is that this … it may’t be KARLA BONOFF … [checks crosses] … omg yessssss it’s!” Okay so I spelled it CARLA at first however no matter, I knew her! Please enable me to take pleasure in my feeling of popular culture trivia dominance for one second …. OK, that is sufficient, thanks.
The opposite second the place I felt my particular specialised information was a type of superpower right now was a second lots of you most likely shared as nicely—it was the second my crosswordese information lastly paid off in a giant manner with ALFRED NOYES! Does anybody exterior of inveterate crossword solvers know that man? Unsure, however understanding outdated whatshisname certain helped right now. I one way or the other bought FACETHEMUSIC first, and could not do something with “THEMUS,” however then ALFRED NOYES went in and I remembered that Sunday puzzles have titles and … that was that. Theme sorted, proper … right here:
HEART OF ROMAINE was most likely the hardest themer for me to give you, since I simply would’ve mentioned a Caesar salad has Romaine (lettuce) in it. Had HEART OF and thought “HEART OF … ARTICHOKE? What’s even occurring right here?” However HEART OF ROMAINE is an actual sufficient factor (although they’re presumably extra typically known as “Romaine hearts”). The one time I balked on the theme was after I bought to PANDORA; I simply do not know if “AND” is basically the “reverse” of “OR.” I believe “NOR” is the alternative of “OR.” AND and OR definitely go collectively, on a regular basis, however on a strictly technical degree I’m wondering if “reverse” is, uh, apposite. Most folk are most likely not going to blink on the pairing, and at worst it is a minor glitch. The fill on this one is kind of stable. I simply want I hadn’t ended on BEGEM! Such dangerous luck to wrap issues up with the cringiest phrase in the entire grid. Everybody is aware of that [Deck out with spangles] is BEDAZZLE. I can not think about BEGEM in a sentence. I might’ve torn that entire nook out simply to be rid of BEGEM, which my mind is resisting so arduous it is determined to parse it BEG ‘EM, i.e. “I am gonna BEG ‘EM to not put BEGEM in any puzzles ever once more!”
- 28A: Persian ___ (rugmaker’s deliberate mistake) (FLAW) — so … simply [Mistake], then? (such a bizarre clue—see additionally 75A: Flying ___ (martial arts strike) (KNEE))
- 89D: Assembly with a lifeless line? (SEANCE) — is “line” speculated to have genealogical significance? Like bloodline? As a result of in a SEANCE you are speaking together with your kinfolk? Or is the “line” like a “phone line,” i.e. you utilize it to speak (to the “lifeless”)? In all probability the latter.
- 70D: One who gave us all a carry? (OTIS) — in that he gave us (i.e. the world) the elevator, certain
- 47D: He set a Guinness World Document in 2014, reporting for 34 consecutive hours (AL ROKER) — nicely that is pre-Katrina so I can not conceive of why Al can be on air for that lengthy … oh, appears prefer it was some type of fund-raising dealie for the USO.
- 118A: ___ Martell, “Recreation of Thrones” princess (ELIA) — you possibly can “GOT” the clue all you need, but it surely’s nonetheless crosswordese to me
- 90A: Norman or English king? (LEAR) — So Good! My fav clue of the day! I educate literature from the interval of British historical past that accommodates each Norman and English kings … however right here the “Norman” is famed sitcom creator and producer Norman LEAR. “All within the Household”! “Sanford & Son!” After which there’s “Maude!”
- 52A: Chook related to bats (ORIOLE) — due to the Main League Baseball crew the Baltimore Orioles, I assume
- 72A: It is over right here (END) — positively the reply I spent essentially the most time gazing confusedly. Could not make sense of it. I believe if “the” had been in entrance of END I might’ve understood it sooner (while you come to the END of one thing … “it is over”)
Talking of the END: see you tomorrow.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld