2005 Survivor island nation / WED 6-5-13 / Exclamations of tsuris / Tower of puzzle with pegs rings / Work containing 21 epistles / Kia subcompacts
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Constructor: Mark Bickham
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: T.N.T. — theme answers are three-word phrases where the words begin with T, N, and T, respectively. Revealer = 66A: Sound suggested by the first letters of the words in 17-, 26-, 44- and 58-Across (BANG!)
- "THERE'S NO TELLING"
- "THAT'S NOT TRUE"
- "TILL NEXT TIME"
- THE NEW TESTAMENT
Palau ([...] //, sometimes spelled Belau or Pelew), officially the Republic of Palau(Palauan: Beluu er a Belau), is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country's population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. The most populous island is Koror. The islands share maritime boundaries withIndonesia, Philippines and the Federated States of Micronesia. The capital Ngerulmud is located in Melekeok State on the nearby island of Babeldaob. (wikipedia)
• • •UAL is .. I couldn't even find an interesting candidate for Word of the Day (though finding out that the capital of PALAU is "Ngerulmud" was kind of exciting). Three of the theme answers are spoken phrases. One isn't. Three begin with "T." One begins with "THE," a definite article whose first letter never gets counted in alphabetizing or initialisms. One-L "'Til next time" googles about 8x stronger than Two-L "TILL NEXT TIME." Many OYS, indeed (48A: Exclamations of tsuris).
Hoping for more excitement, or at least a cleaner grid, tomorrow.