THURSDAY, Mar. 26, 2009 - E Safran (Chinese porcelain with a pale green glaze / Shipping mainstay of the 1600s / 1899 gold rush locale)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Relative difficulty: Easy/Medium
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown –
Who ponders this tremendous scene –
This whole Experiment of Green –
As if it were his own!
(20A: Start of a poem by Emily Dickinson that continues "But God be with the Clown, / Who ponders this tremendous scene")
- A pale to very pale green.
- A type of pottery having a pale green glaze, originally produced in China.
Let's play "Did He or Didn't He Know It - 'Celebrity' Edition"
- 4D: Funnyman Don (Knotts) - Yes he did
- 6D: Physician William (Osler) - No he did not
- 18A: David _____ George, British P.M., 1916-22 (Lloyd) - No he did not
- 8D: Singer with the 2008 gold record "And Winter Came ..." (Enya) - Yes he did (though not as clued). I guess I'll have to listen to the song to find out what happened next. (Just kidding - I'd be bleeding from my ears inside of a minute)
- 39A: Former Nebraska senator James (Exon) - No he didn't
- 31D: 1985 Meg Tilly title role (Agnes) - Yes he did (movie title = "AGNES of God")
- 58D: Warren who founded a rental car company (Avis) = Yes he did
- 24A: Barker of the Cleveland Indians who pitched a perfect game in 1981 (Len) - Yes he Guessed and was Right (I must have had his baseball card at some point, otherwise I don't know how I know him)
- 10A: International company with the slogan "Home away from home" (El Al) - I've seen this exact clue before and it still took me several crosses to get
- 14A: North African city captured by the Allies in 1942 (Oran) - also the setting of Camus's "The Plague"
- 28A: Refuge for David, in the Bible (Dead Sea) - almost 1400 ft below sea level.
- 38A: Radio geek (ham) - reclued, this answer could have been paired with EMOTE (59A: Chew the scenery)
- 21D: South American monkey (Titi) - TATI, TATA, DATA, DANA, DANE, DAVE etc. Sorry, got distracted there thinking of amusing ways to connect actor Jacques TATI and the TITI (in family-friendly fashion)
- 25D: Monkeyshine (antic) - more monkey! In the ... singular? O ... K.
- 29D: Philly hoopster (Sixer) - gigantic gimme. [Dr. J was one] might have been slightly tougher.
- 30D: Extremely large, old-style (enorm) - this word shows up more often than you'd think, and is usually clued via its alleged "poetic" quality.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld