Daydreamer encountered by Odysseus / MON 9-24-12 / Old home for Mr. Met / Mel Torme's nickname / Ex-Yankee All-Star Martinez / Muzzle-loading tool / Perpendicular to keel
Monday, September 24, 2012
Constructor: John Dunn
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: VAPOR TRAILS (59A: What airplanes leave in the sky ... or what 17-, 23-, 37- and 48-Across have?) — theme answers end with synonyms for "vapor"
- PICK UP STEAM (17A: Gather momentum)
- THE VELVET FOG (23A: Mel Tormé's nickname)
- "GET OFF OF MY CLOUD" (37A: Rolling Stones hit whose title follows the words "Hey you")
- STEP ON THE GAS (48A: "Hurry up!")
Word of the Day: POLITY (26A: System of government) —
n., pl., -ties.
- The form of government of a nation, state, church, or organization.
- An organized society, such as a nation, having a specific form of government: "His alien philosophy found no roots in the American polity" (New York Times).[Obsolete French politie, from Old French, from Late Latin polītīa, the Roman government. See police.]
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/polity#ixzz27LJO7gej
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STEP ON THE GAS, is a liquid, not a vapor. No big deal. Just an anomaly.
CASINO wasn't an instant gimme for me, so I had to work crosses, and even when I got CASINO, I had all kinds of trouble seeing NAUGHT (5D: Nothing). I needed 3 or 4 letters before the answer became evident (I was secretly happy to see my wife have the same problem later in the evening). The word POLITY was somewhat unexpected on a Monday, and I didn't trust that it was right at first. Tried to confirm the "P" but nothing seemed to fit for 26D: One of 15, 490 in the first edition of the O.E.D., first because I figured the answer was some form of "definition" (even though that number is, in retrospect, very low for "definition" to fit), and second because I figured the answer was an abbrev. (O.E.D. in the clue seemed to signal that). PAGE is obvious in retrospect, but not so much as I was solving (very quickly). But once I got off the west coast of this puzzle, every answer went down pretty much as quickly as I could read the clues, and so my time was still pretty swift, even for a Monday.
- 54A: Perpendicular to the keel (ABEAM) — the A-BEAM's connected to the ... H-BOMB, the H-BOMB's connected to the ...
- 23D: Ex-Yankee All-Star Martinez (TINO) — my first instinct is *always* TITO. It just seems more ... namelike than TINO.
- 28D: Daydreamer encountered by Odysseus (LOTUS-EATER) — they're usually plural.
- 47D: Muzzle-loading tool (RAMROD) — "Tool" made me laugh. Really wanted answer to be "Revolutionary War reenactor."