Constructor: Erica Hsiung Wojcik and Matthew Inventory
Relative issue: Medium
THEME: coloured rings after which extra coloured rings — first themer is clued as [“Red and yellow circles”] after which every subsequent theme clue provides a coloured circle till you find yourself with 5 coloured circles:
- MASTERCARD LOGO (“Crimson and yellow circles”)
- TRAFFIC LIGHT (“Crimson, yellow and inexperienced circles”)
- TWISTER MAT (“Crimson, yellow, inexperienced and blue circles”)
- OLYMPIC RINGS (“Crimson, yellow, inexperienced, blue and black circles”)
Phrase of the Day: PIRELLI (7D: Italian tire firm) —
Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is a multinational tyre producer based mostly in Milan, Italy. The corporate, which has been listed on the Milan Inventory Alternate since 1922, is the Sixth-largest tyre producer and is concentrated on the buyer manufacturing of tyres for automobiles, bikes and bicycles. It’s current in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America and the Publish-Soviet states, working commercially in over 160 international locations. It has 19 manufacturing websites in 13 international locations and a community of round 14,600 distributors and retailers. In 2015, China Nationwide Chemical Corp. Ltd. (ChemChina) took controlling curiosity of Pirelli – with the Chinese language state-owned firm agreeing to keep up the tire firm’s possession construction till 2023. (wikipedia)
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I simply had an enormous scrumptious pricy meal which included cocktails *and* port and whereas this has put me in a reasonably good temper, I feel it additionally has one thing to do with the truth that this puzzle simply did not do a lot for me. I may course of the idea positive, however it simply did not … land. I see what’s occurring. I see that there’s a regular development, new colours added at every part, and many others. It is an … fascinating discovery, I suppose. There’s particular thematic consistency. My response is “huh, curious.” However that is about it. It wasn’t amusing, and I did not have a lot of a sense of revelation. The TWISTER MAT is just not iconic to me in any respect—I do know it has coloured circles, however I do not know what these colours are. I mustn’t ever have really performed Tornado. You possibly can’ve advised me they’re any variety of colours and I’d’ve believed you. What coloration are the OLYMPIC RINGS? I would’ve been in a position to guess, however I do not know. The rings are iconic, that there are 5, that appears iconic, however I do not consider the *colours* as significantly iconic. So once I received the solutions, I simply thought “oh, is that so?” Not, “aha!” I am not even positive I may inform what coloration the Mastercard circles are. I sincerely would’ve advised you that one in all them is orange. However pink and yellow, you say? OK. I do know that the site visitors mild is pink yellow inexperienced. *That* is iconic. The others are true sufficient, so the puzzle is legitimate sufficient. Nevertheless it simply did not have any zing to it. Extra like an odd sort of trivia check. I do love the grid form—the weird mirror symmetry, the weird 16×14 dimensions. However the one reply that actually made me sit up and say “ooh” was DEATH GRIP (33D: Tremendous-tight grasp). The theme may be very fascinating, however it wasn’t humorous or thrilling to resolve. Curious. Fascinating. These are the one phrases I’ve for it.
I had -STER MAT and nonetheless no concept. “Is there a … TOASTER MAT?” However I additionally had -IC RINGS and no concept, which is much less explicable. I blame the port. However truthfully the “black” ring was what received me. I simply could not fathom how “black” slot in. So I used to be slowish. I used to be additionally slowish on a bunch of two-part solutions the place the primary elements appeared like they may’ve been loads of issues. Like “AW, NUTS” and “WHY, YES” and DART OFF. I additionally had points with WAR DRAMA, which … hmm. I do know “struggle films,” that looks as if a style. However most of these are dramas, proper? There actually aren’t that many struggle comedies or struggle horror movies. I feel the “drama” is sort of implied by the “struggle,” so WAR DRAMA feels barely off, barely redundant. “Conflict film” googles a lot better. However WAR DRAMA googles fairly properly too. I dunno. I do know that HAHAS stays absurd as a plural, however general this grid may be very clear. The one factor I flat-out did not know was PIRELLI, which I really do know, or have no less than heard of, however I wrote in BORELLI, which I feel is a sort of pasta. It is no less than pasta-adjacent. AW, NUTS, it is “Barilla” pasta. Is there a well-known *singer* BORELLI? Ah, man, that is Andrea BOCELLI! Which rhymes with “vermicelli,” which brings us again to pasta.
My household is having a voluble dialog about faith and demise and glass-blowing so I’ve to go see how all these issues match collectively. Sorry I did not really feel the Zing with this one. I hope you probably did.
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