Friday, July 31, 2015
Constructors: James Mulhern and Ashton Anderson
Relative difficulty: Easy, I bet, but I was getting up and making martinis and drinking them so it took me an hour
Word of the Day: KATY (45A: "___ Bell" (Stephen Foster song)) —
Stephen Foster wrote many of the popular songs* in 19th-century America. I didn't know it when we named our cat, but Stephen Foster wrote the music for an 1863 song called "Katy Bell." You can listen to it, and if you're as interested as I was, even find the lyrics as well.
* - The most famous: Oh! Susanna; Camptown Races; Old Folks at Home [Swanee River]; My Old Kentucky Home; Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair; Beautiful Dreamer.
Hi, by the way. I'm Lena: the girl who coined cankles. OH HEY LOOK OVER THERE
It's a Hawk! It's a Pelican! No, it's a CAGER. Womp womp. Sports terms, especially ones like that, are not readily within my KEN, as you can see here at the point where both my glass and mental wellspring went dry:
Moving right along, I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed this puzzle. Even the little things, like STAB for (5D: Whack). Not that we served KETEL ONE at the fancypants bar (it was that fancy) I worked at a few years ago, but I should have known that way sooner than I did. It would have prevented me from putting in SEASONAL instead of the correct IN SEASON... wow I am getting boring or what?
Bad fill that peppers you like... bullets!
- KEPI (35A: Gendarme's topper) — Nrrrgh
- TKTS (30A: Times Sq. bargain booth) — Nrrrrrrrrrgh
- OONA ( 27A: Donald Duck cartoon princess) -- Nrgh
BONUS: if there's a SNO BALL that has a strong chance in hell...