Constructor: Daniel Larsen
Relative problem: Straightforward (very) (4:16)
Phrase of the Day: KORN (33D: Grammy-winning steel band with a tasty-sounding title) —
Korn (stylized as KoЯn) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, fashioned in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu steel style and bringing it into the mainstream. […] The band first skilled mainstream success with Follow the Leader (1998) and Issues (1999), each of which debuted at primary on the Billboard200. The band’s mainstream success continued with Untouchables (2002), Take a Look in the Mirror (2003) and See You on the Other Side (2005). […] As of 2012, Korn had bought greater than 35 million information worldwide. Twelve of the band’s official releases have peaked within the high ten of the Billboard 200, eight of which have peaked within the high 5. Seven official releases are licensed platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), two are licensed double platinum, one is licensed triple platinum, one is licensed 5 occasions platinum and two are licensed Gold. […] Korn has earned two Grammy Awards out of eight nominations and two MTV Video Music Awards out of 11 nominations. (wikipedia)
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Whoa, there’s an *OLD* WELSH? I am a medievalist and I didn’t know that. Good factor I’ve the capability for inference! I favored this puzzle loads however then once more I *destroyed* this puzzle so I am undecided how a lot my heat emotions are because of the intrinsic goodness of the puzzle and the way a lot are as a result of any solver’s pure affection for a Friday puzzle they’ll take out simply. Do I such as you ‘trigger you are good or ‘trigger you are simple? That’s the query. I am fairly certain the puzzle is simply good, although. Heaps and plenty of assorted, attention-grabbing longer fill, from science fiction (HOME PLANET over SPACE OPERA! So good…) to physics to math to music. It is the music that’s most likely going to separate the very quick solves from the merely regular quick solves, and nothing goes to place solvers into totally different velocity camps sooner than 1A: Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame band led by Iggy Pop (THE STOOGES). Popular culture is all the time a possible divider, and since this one’s in such a first-rate place, getting it straight away is especially priceless. For me, it was a complete gimme, and I obtained six Downs off of it straight away (THIS HINT ETTA ORCA EDSEL SEE). Between figuring out that and figuring out KORN, I really feel like I had a definite pop cultural benefit right this moment. LONI Anderson and “LA BAMBA” and ELENA Ferrante, additionally in my wheelhouse. This one simply sang to me. I even obtained the Beaufort Scale reply lickety cut up, and I wasn’t even certain DEAD CALM was an actual class, however take a look at that: actual (27A: zero on the Beaufort Scale). I simply obtained fortunate right this moment. Every little thing fell my manner.
[“There’s no escape / Without a scrape …”]
Right here have been my struggles and my irks: I actually suppose the phrase journeys off the tongue finest as THERE’S NO ESCAPE. “THERE IS” feels oddly formal and off. PALSY is fairly olde-timey and possibly wants “-WALSY” to be full and anyway, it seems to be extra like an affliction than a time period that means “Chummy,” in order that’s mildly miserable. I did not suppose we might go decrease on the ALEC scale than Waugh, however this is Douglas-Dwelling! Truly, I believe he outranks Waugh, as he truly did one thing noteworthy. However I am all the time pleased to find new ALECs. Add him to Guinness and Baldwin and the child from “Black Stallion” (I suppose …. [looks it up] … yessssss!!! Man, I have not seen that clue for ALEC in eons however in some way that little reality nonetheless lives in some darkish nook of my head; bizarre). I am unable to imagine I fell for the outdated “Capital” misdirection gag, however boy did I (28D: Capital of Latvia) (EURO). That is a fairly low cost gag, as Latvia’s precise capital can be 4 letters (RIGA), however I assume you gotta attempt to throw velocity bumps in right here the place you’ll be able to. SUMP is a really ugly phrase and I hope I by no means see it in my puzzle once more (34A: Basement characteristic). I truly had AUDIO BOOMS in there at first for 32A: Some street journey leisure (I believe I used to be considering “tools” as a substitute of “leisure,” like possibly some TV present goes on the “street” and brings alongside growth mikes? I dunno. However KORN saved me. Anyway, that is all. Good work, everybody. Wait, nope, yet one more factor. ONER is was and all the time might be atrocious (56D: Exceptional particular person). Retire, ONER! OK, now we’re performed.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld