Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019, Michael Hawkins


One could almost imagine a Friday theme with VOICEACTOR (One who's seen but not heard? Just the opposite!) as the revealer, and the "spoken" answers AREYOUGOOD, DOMEASOLID, and DONTIKNOWIT as some of the theme material. Alas, I don't think that was intended. Or maybe it was, but it still wasn't enough to distract me from what I saw as AGONIES. OK, that's harsh, but I must admit, I didn't love this one.


Why? I'll tell you:

TOLTEC (Early Nahautl speaker) - I admit I'm not specialist in Mesoamerican chronology, but these guys seem like pretty minor players.

FATHA (Nickname in early jazz piano) - Never heard of Earl "FATHA" Hines before. He seems to be famous in the jazz world, but that's a tough cross with TOLTEC!

REID (John ____, secret identity of the Lone Ranger) - I had no idea about this one either. Like the previous answer, some deep trivia. Good to learn, I guess. I hope I remember it.

ECUMENISM (United Christendom movement) - I have never heard this form of the word, only "ecumenical."

PARDNER (Western sidekick) - I feel that "sidekick" is slightly inaccurate here. Isn't it more of just a casual form of address?

ONEIL (Baseball's Buck) - Who? Oh, right, he played for the Kansas City Monarchs. Last appearance: 1955.

So many people... NORA, CORY, ROSS, ELSA, JEB, and more I've mentioned and will mention...

DINEANDDASH (Stiff a restaurant) - I almost feel that this idea, like the names of mass murderers, should not be publicized.

NAPERY (Table linens) - OK.

I did like some things, though. I liked seeing REMAIN (One side in the Brexit vote). And speaking of that, it's the last day as P.M. for THERESA (May in England) today, and given her recent popularity, she may want to spend some time outside of the country - while she can still travel freely about the Continent. Hah! "One going over the line" was good for EDITOR, likewise "Something that might build character over time?" for STORYARC.

So not all bad, but certainly not one of my favorites.

- Horace


  1. 15:35
    It's days like these that make me feel like perhaps we really are ordinary people. I really really wanted EmoTeR for 46D: One going over the line.

  2. 35:11 (FWOE)
    I tried an "s" at the FATHA/TOLTEC cross. I also hadn't ever heard of the Lone Ranger's secret identity, even though I occasionally hear an episode on the old-time radio on the Sirius and watched the show in my youth. Also, I wanted "chew and screw" where DINEANDDASH goes, and yes, NAPERY is not a word that's used by anyone, although I vow that I will henceforth use it. Only millennials say ADULTING.

  3. Just a suggestion. To say RNA is "replicated" is shaky. Replication is generally a term associated with DNA, indicated by building a new molecule from an existing to late of the SAME ilk. RNA is built from a DNA template, therefore not truly replicated, in the strictest sense of the word. RNA is generally said to be "synthesized", but not replicated. For what it's worth.