Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2018, Richard Crowe


Hello everybody! I'm back for round two in 2019. Finally.

I was definitely amused by today's theme. We get common questions from common parlance in our mother tongue, reinterpreted as being asked to various professionals, thus twisting the original meaning. Some of these work very well, others not as well, to wit:

WHATSEATINGHIM, as a question posed to a parasitologist becomes a literal interpretation, in an enjoyably gross twist. WHOSCRYINGNOW, asked of a harried maternity room nurse, in my imagination, as he deals with a room of wailing infants. HOWSITHANGING, asks the museum worker as she situates the painting, to a judging curator. These are very good.

On the other hand, ISTHATAFACT doesn't change that much when asked of a copy editor. Both the figurative and the literal interpretation POSITED by the reinterpretation are essentially asking if something is true. WHERESTHEPARTY just doesn't make much sense when asked of a political strategist. Is it asking literally where the (democratic) party is geographically at this moment? Is it asking how the (republican) party is leaning on a particular subject? In either case it doesn't have the same impact as some of the others.

And what exactly is going on with WHOSESIDEAREYOUON? Is the line judge being accused of bias towards one team? Is she being asked literally, if she is on the Chiefs' sideline or the Patriots' sideline? I think the latter, but I'm not sure.
Tellement plein de couleur, le franc Suisse
The rest of the puzzle is agreeably strong, with very little that I can find to complain about. On the QMC front (and I appreciate the abbreviation, which stands for "question mark clue," for those who are just dropping in today), I both love and hate (that's a little nod to Horace (the OG Horace, I mean)) 40D: Where to get the latest poop? (LITTERBOX). Love because it's just how a QMC should be used, and hate, well, because EEW. As a great example of a non-QMC, you get 62A: It may have corn on the side (FARMHOUSE). I find that much more clever than just about any QMC, and would prefer more of them.

- Colum

P.S. Debut alert! Welcome, Mr. Crowe, and a wonderful first (published) effort.

1 comment:

  1. "Odi et amo" indeed - I think that was my old friend Catullus... but I appreciate the nod nonetheless.

    And yes, your two examples at the end there were the high points of this puzzle for me! Excellent.