Hawaiian thank you / TUE 12-4-12 / Bride in 1956 news / 1982 Jeff Bridges flick / Monogram in 50s politics / Subject of Euclidean treatise / Troubadour's repertoire / FedEx competitor / Burlesque co-star 2010
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Constructor: Elizabeth C Gorski
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: Rated PG — theme answers are two-word phrases where first word starts with "P" and second with "G"
Word of the Day: DHL (36A: FedEx competitor) —
DHL Express is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post providing international express mail services. Deutsche Post is the world's largest logistics company operating in all four corners of the globe. DHL is a world market leader in sea and air mail. (wikipedia)
• • •Again, I worry that I've missed something. It's just PG phrases, right? There's not some hidden, tricky thing going on here, is there? I like the grid, on the whole, but you could go on and on and on with this theme. These answers make nice phrases, but I expect themes to be a little tighter than this. PETER GUNN, PETER GABRIEL, PETER GRIFFIN, PARTY GIRL, POWER GRAB, PAN GRAVY ... you can play along at home if you like. Maybe a revealer like RATEDPG would've made the puzzle feel tighter. One thing I do like is the decision to go 74 instead of 76 words—that's why you have those nice long Across answers adjacent to the top and bottom theme answers (i.e. MINI-DONUT and "HERE YOU GO") (17A: Small treat for a coffee break + 58A: "As requested..."). There's maybe a little more crosswordese than I like in my Tuesday grid, but the sweet long answers more than make up for it. PEACH PIES (31D: August bake sale inventory) and WIND-UP TOY (11D: Clapping monkey or chattering teeth) add an enjoyable bounciness to the grid.
- 20A: Weapons-testing area (PROVING GROUND)
- 31A: Subject of a Euclidean treatise (PLANE GEOMETRY)
- 38A: Cheap seating area in a theater (PEANUT GALLERY)
- 52A: Bride in 1956 news (PRINCESS GRACE)
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld