Constructor: Simon Marotte
Relative problem: Simple
Phrase of the Day: ADIA Victoria (51D: ___ Victoria, singer recognized or her “gothic blues” type) —
Adia Victoria (born July 22, 1986) is an American singer and songwriter. Along with taking part in and writing music, she additionally writes poetry. She is presently based mostly in Nashville. […] Victoria is typically related to Americana music, she has distanced herself from the style, saying, “I’m not an Americana artist. I’ve little interest in being appropriated by that style.” Nonetheless, her place appears to have softened as, in 2022, she carried out at a nominations occasion hosted by the Americana Music Affiliation and was nominated for his or her Rising Artist of the 12 months award at their twenty first awards ceremony. […] Rolling Stone describes her as “PJ Harvey overlaying Loretta Lynn at a haunted debutante ball.” (wikipedia) [it’s pronounced ‘uh-DEE-uh’ I believe]
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I’m means too filled with Thanksgiving to be of a lot use to anybody, for something, however I will give this a (brief) shot. It thought it was first rate. Simply advantageous. Very simple. All the problem got here from a few single-letter errors that I made alongside the best way. The primary, and worst, of those was writing in PANCHO, as in “PANCHO & Lefty,” moderately than PONCHO, as in raincoat, at 39A: Garment that is pulled over the top. That “A” completely killed me, as I took one take a look at MSA- at 33D: Annual bodybuilding competitors gained 10 occasions by Iris Kyle and wrote in MS. AMERICA. Sounded proper, felt proper, and ALIT (60A: Got here down) “confirmed” the final “A,” so I used to be actually locked in. Whole period of time spent extricating myself from this entire in all probability did not quantity to a lot, however contemplating how simple the puzzle was in any other case, it felt like a significant hold-up. I additionally wrote in IPAD as a substitute of IPOD (in fact) (32A: Contact, for one), so I had 27D: Performer whose face is never seen as a BAD-something or different (as a substitute of the right BODY DOUBLE). Past that, the one points I had had been parsing / spelling issues on the slangier solutions. I DON’T felt simple, so I used to be somewhat hesitant with WANNA, but it surely labored out (6D: Whiner’s “You’ll be able to’t make me!”). Later, I could not cease studying the reply at 11D: “Beats me” as “I GOT NO ___,” and because the clean was 4 letters, I needed solely CLUE or IDEA, each of which had been clearly incorrect (the reply was “I GOT NOTHIN‘”). I additionally had some hesitancy / uncertainty in that very same nook with [___ party] (POOL) and the entrance finish of 10D: Enlist (ROPE IN). I feel I wrote SIGN IN at first. However these had been all actually minor frustrations. Largely I tore by this, even with the Thanksgiving Torpor upon me.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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