1978 Nicolette Larson hit / WED 5-23-12 / River past Ciudad Bolívar / Renault model of 1970s-80s / So-called Gateway to the Pacific Rim
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Constructor: Eric Williams
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: OBI-WAN KENOBI (36A: With 39-Across, Jedi master first seen on 5/25/77) — he was played by ALEC GUINNESS in "Star Wars" and EWAN MCGREGOR in those other horrible movies. Oh, and he fought DARTH / VADER (53D: With 9-Down, villain faced by 36-/39-Across) in "Star Wars"—classic LIGHT / SABER battle (45A: With 31-Across, favored weapon of 36-/39-Across).
Word of the Day: Lauren TEWES (46D: Lauren of "The Love Boat") —
Cynthia Lauren Tewes ( //; born October 26, 1953 in Braddock, Pennsylvania), known simply as Lauren Tewes, is an American actress best known for playing Cruise DirectorJulie McCoy on the sitcom The Love Boat beating out over 100 other actresses for the role.Tewes was replaced on the series by Pat Klous in 1984 after a highly public battle with cocaine abuse, although she did reprise her role as a guest in a 1985 episode as well as in a 1997 episode of the sitcom Martin and a 1998 episode of the revival series Love Boat: The Next Wave. (wikipedia)
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ALEC GUINNESS and EWAN MCGREGOR have the same number of letters. Not sure how you can love or hate this one. It's just full of symmetrical trivia. The end.
I have to say that VIN DIESEL (18A: "The Fast and the Furious" co-star) and Lauren TEWES (46D: Lauren of "The Love Boat") are kind of miscast. Unless they were in one of those damned prequels, which I have no reason to believe (or doubt).
"Hey, that looks expensive. It must've COSTED AREAR" (me trying to make those answers usable)
EWAN MCGREGOR may have given some solvers some trouble). I did not know RED DOG meant that "blitz"—weird, as I've watched football for a long time. I also stupidly had the NAVIES on land as ARMIES at first (6D: Combatants at Trafalgar). I think my combatants were at Trafalgar *Square*. Otherwise, aside from some stupid eye-skips that had me reading wrong clues, this one put up no fight. I did misunderstand "drive" at 24A: Fix, as a drive (REPAVE) at first. And I just had to trust that COSTED was the thing the clue says it is (52A: Figured the price of). Couldn't remember Vice President John Garner's middle name, mainly because ... Vice President who? (eight years, FDR's VP). This was an overly name-y puzzle with some ugliness in the middle (NOLDOLNOS!). But mostly it was just ... there. Mostly competently filled. Nothing to rave or complain about.
- 13A: 1978 Nicolette Larson hit "___ Love" ("LOTTA") — wow, it's like this puzzle knew when I first began listening to the radio incessantly. Total gimme.
- 7D: River past Ciudad Bolívar (ORINOCO) — because of the Enya song "ORINOCO Flow," I associate this river with Ireland.
- 36D: Answer to the old riddle "What's round on the sides and high in the middle?" (OHIO) — and people say riddles aren't funny or remotely entertaining. Wait, people don't say that. I say that. How 'bout [What Zeus said in the middle of having sex with yet another nymph]?
- 48A: Issuance of Pontius Pilate, e.g. (DECREE) — "Issuance?" Sounds like the clue was going for some kind of bodily discharge.
- 59D: So-called "Gateway to the Pacific Rim," informally (LAX) — flown in and out of there many, many times, and never heard that. But then I've never been to the Pacific Rim. Wait, is NZ Pacific Rim? If so, I'll be using this alleged "Gateway" in a little over a month.