Monday, December 5, 2016, part 2

Because of technical gremlins, the LAT and BEQ write-ups are here rather than included in the main Monday post. The star-ratings widgets are still over in the main post. Thanks!


Brock Wilson’s Los Angeles Times crossword — pannonica’s write-up

LAT • 12/5/16 • Mon • Wilson • solution

LAT • 12/5/16 • Mon • Wilson • solution

Theme is a batch of “starts with” synonyms. Today’s iteration is, as per the revealer at 58-across [Honorable … and like the starts of 17-, 23-, 37- and 47-Across] HIGH MINDED. That is, synonyms for “high”.

  • 17a. [What the star gets on the marquee] TOP BILLING.
  • 23a. [Dejected] CRESTFALLEN.
  • 37a. [Level of optimal accomplishment] PEAK PERFORMANCE.
  • 47a. [Meeting of world leaders] SUMMIT TALK.

23a is definitely the odd one out. Not only is it a single word, but it’s also the only themer that taken as a whole—which isn’t strictly a component of the theme—has a negative connotation.

  • 15a [Golfer’s club selection] IRON, 16a [Golfer’s target] HOLE.
  • Last square filled: the crossing of 7d [Astrological Ram] ARIES and 21a [Contemptuous manner, in slang] ’TUDE. Didn’t see how the latter worked until it was complete, and the former fooled me with capitalization, thinking it was a person with that name, perhaps someone like that spiritualist guy Ram Dass.
  • 47d [Like the beach during a storm] SURFY. Never in my life have I heard this word, and I grew up at the beach. Been to many other beaches as well, and consider myself reasonably well-versed in coastal lingo. Even though it’s rather easily inferred, this just isn’t a Monday crossword word. It’s so weird and kooky that I was seriously considering reproducing the clue and answer as the sum total of my write-up. SURFY? Maybe I should have just done that, but it’s too late now. Best I can do is end it here.

The end.

p.s. SURFY??!!

THEMELESS MONDAY #393 – by BEQ—Gareth’s bit

THEMELESS MONDAY #393

THEMELESS MONDAY #393

Puzzle is anchored by TOYXYLOPHONE, PORTAJOHN (don’t know what it is, but can guess), CHIADONALDTRUMP (don’t know what that is), and WAXINJECTION (don’t know what that is).

There’s a cluster of names in bottom-right: ESTELLA and ILSA were gimmies (though guess how many people will go for ESTELLE and ILSE!); JESS, SORIANO and OLIN not so much. Also to be found: OTERI and REO.

Gareth

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One Response to Monday, December 5, 2016, part 2

  1. Joan Macon says:

    Thanks to Amy and Pannonica. Yesterday I saw a commercial for a chia Donald Trump. He has green hair! (I had considered more adjectives, but decided not.)

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