Constructor: Philip Wolfe
Relative issue: Straightforward
THEME: Brace your self! — phrases with DOUBLE, TWICE, and TWO in them (respectively), are represented within the grid by a doubling of an adjoining phrase within the reply. Thus:
- “YOU ONLY LIVE LIVE” (for “You Solely Dwell Twice”)
- BLIND BLIND STUDY (for “double-blind examine”)
- GOODY SHOES SHOES (for “goody two-shoes”)
Phrase of the Day: PISCO (34D: Peruvian cocktail => PISCO SOUR) —
Pisco is a colorless or yellowish-to-amber coloured brandy produced in winemaking areas of Chile and Peru. Made by distilling fermented grape juice right into a high-proof spirit, it was developed by Sixteenth-century Spanish settlers as a substitute for orujo, a pomace brandy that was being imported from Spain. It had some great benefits of being produced from ample domestically grown fruit and decreasing the amount of alcoholic drinks transported to distant places.
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In contrast to some current Thursdays, this one felt fairly listless. It was simple, tended towards crosswordese within the fill, and had a intelligent however pretty fundamental theme that did not fairly attain to Thursday ranges of trickery and toughness. ABRA at 1-Throughout is a really, very dangerous signal. I believe we had the total ABRACADABRA the opposite day, and I keep in mind considering to myself, “ah, the total incantation, that is good; normally we’re simply subjected to that terrible and utterly alleged incantation *half*, ABRA” … and right here we’re. Proper from the highest. ABRACADABRA is one phrase. Full cease. Finish of story. Why, within the twenty first century, are we persevering with to permit ABRA to face by itself. Additionally, why (why) would you lead with it, or ever use it in any respect except you had been phenomenally determined. And perhaps when you’re that determined, it’s best to redo the nook. Taking a look at that nook and seeing BROT (!??!!?), I might say, yeah, you want to redo that nook, actually and really. And it is not like the remainder of the grid disabused me of my sense that ABRA was an omen of fill to return. INURE STET ERATO TALI ASP NEER ELS ERIE, all of the hits. The brief fill is so weak (bland, actually) that it was truly stunning to me when the lengthy Downs turned out to be as robust as they had been. PISCO SOUR is a daring, daring transfer, particularly contemplating the NYTXW has by no means even had PISCO by itself within the grid earlier than. I do not assume I’ve had a PISCO SOUR, however I do get pleasure from cocktails and examine them typically, so I had the benefit of getting heard of it. Pretty reply, imho. FRIVOLOUS and DOOFUSES are additionally a-OK in my guide. However an excessive amount of of this grid is laden with repeaters
Sport over. Principally. Straightforward as pie. Too simple for a Thursday theme. The one chew on this grid got here from the PISCO SOUR. Add this to the listing of the various methods through which cocktails have made me completely happy.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld