Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Constructor: Eshan Mitra
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: Get off my quays! — terminal -ACE sounds are turned into terminal -AZE sounds in familiar phrases. Wackiness ensues.
Word of the Day: JAFAR (10D: "Aladdin" villain) —
Jafar (Arabic: جعفر Ǧaʿfar, Ja'far) is the main antagonist of the first two films. He is voiced byJonathan Freeman in both films and in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games. An inspiration to the character is the villain Jaffar, played by Conrad Veidt in The Thief of Bagdad, from whichAladdin borrows several character ideas and plot elements. (wikipedia)
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JAFAR (which I forgot, never having seen the film in question) and AMAHL (which I remembered because of that one time long ago when it sunk me). The "title" of [Menotti title character] is "AMAHL and the NIGHT Visitors," only the clue couldn't tell you that because NIGHT is in the grid (with a great clue, btw—24D: Comment to one who's retiring). Besides those names, though, everything feels very common-knowledge. And if not common, crossword-common at least.
- 17A: What company bosses do for employees? (SET THE PAYS)
- 23A: Best meal of a cow's life? (AMAZING GRAZE)
- 37A: Having a successful theater career? (IN THE RIGHT PLAYS)
- 45A: Guantánamo and others? (MILITARY BAYS)
- 57A: The second round of betting, for one? (POKER PHASE)
Oh, maybe TYRE (35D: Phoenician port) was a bit thorny for some people. Probably less well known than JAFAR. I know the story of Apollonius of TYRE from ... I don't know, being a medievalist, I guess. It was just in the air. Shakespeare wrote Pericles, Prince of TYRE, and wikipedia tells me Apollonius of Tyre was a source for both Twelfth Night and Comedy of Errors as well. TYRE is also the British spelling of "tire."
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld