Hip-hopper's headgear / MON 9-3-12 / Pyramid-shaped hotel in Vegas / Cookie trayful / Old jalopies / Big containers in tavern
Monday, September 3, 2012
Constructor: C.W. Stewart
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: QUITE A FEW (59A: Many ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 23-, 34-, 40- and 46-Across) — final words in the theme answers can mean "QUITE A FEW":
- BOX SCORES (17A: Printed results of baseball games)
- PARKING LOTS (23A: Tailgate party places)
- WORKLOADS (34A: Sets of tasks, as at an office)
- JUNK HEAPS (40A: Old jalopies)
- BEER BARRELS (46A: Big containers in a tavern)
Word of the Day: ELUL (14A: Jewish month after Av) —
Elul (Hebrew: אֱלוּל, Standard Elul Tiberian ʾĔlûl) is the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a summer month of 29 days. Elul usually occurs in August–September on the Gregorian calendar. (wikipedia)
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HIBACHI / SUSHI intersection (41D: Japanese grill + 64A: Japanese restaurant staple), which nicely picked up the Japanese theme started by FUJI (31D: Japan's tallest peak). Despite the fact that WORKLOADS stands out as the only phrase that is not a two-word phrase, the theme execution on this is nice—all answers are made up of two words (even if "workload" is a compound), and they are all clued in ways unrelated to "many"-ness. Rest of the grid is boilerplate, but at thematically, at least, I think it's solid.
RAFT (11D: Castaway's makeshift vessel), Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Humphrey Bogart. It was not filmed IN HD (66A: How many TV programs are aired nowadays). I recommend it, though it's an odd amalgam of little-guy-makes-good and film noir. Lupino is fantastic as the bony, vicious femme fatale—probably the only character in cinematic history to commit murder by simply walking away from a garage... (there's technology involved—director Raoul Walsh was kinda tech-obsessed, if this movie and 1949's "White Heat" are any indication ... but I digress).
Gotta go. Happy Labor Day.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld