An early Christmas (or a late Hanukkah) present - a Wednesday rebus! And one that, like Winter can, contains periods of rain, wind, ice, and sun. Let's dive right in, shall we?
|Lawless figure with legendary fighting skills (Great clue)|
Starting things off with a mint JULEP is never a bad idea. I hadn't actually had one of these until late in life when I started attending a yearly Kentucky Derby party at a friend's house. When we arrived, we were handed a beautiful, pewter vessel with a sprig of fresh mint sticking out of sweetened Kentucky bourbon. What's not to like? One might even go so far as to compare it to SL[ICE]DBREAD!
And immediately following (HEREON) that, we run into a lovely KAFKA quote: "I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us." You know, when asked recently what I would be reading over the winter holiday, I replied that I had received the complete stories of Kafka earlier in the year, and that I would be reading more of that. Well! I might as well have said I'd be reading FAUST in the original for all the sighing and the "What about something a little lighter?" that I got back. If you ask me, KAFKA is a comic genius. I have never read anything like it. He's just so ... I don't know ... different!
Anywho, let's move on. Remember sitting in a RECLINER in a movie theater, eating popcorn? Or going to the HOTELBAR at the A.C.P.T.? Sigh. I hope that can happen again in 2021 ... maybe in the fall?
I thought all the rebus entries were good. The top two were fairly straightforward, but when I got to "53D: Scary cry on a beach" - even though I knew it had to have a rebus in that circle, I was still very tempted to enter "shark" and try to somehow justify the single H. As it turned out, T[SUN]AMI is much better, and TEARA[SUN]DER (Rend) is also strong. Some reviewers like it when a rebus is broken across two words (unlike in both of these examples), but I have never been the least bit bothered by thinking about that, and I believe it to be a non-issue. The symmetry of rebus answers, on the other hand, can really give away too much, but here, on a Wednesday, where we already have the circles, well, I don't see that as a problem either.
This is running long, but I did want to mention that the last rebus (C[ICE]RO / SL[ICE]DBREAD) took me the longest time to get! I was EVERSO stuck on the "Wonder-ful product" being "white bread," and I wanted "Caesar" as the enemy of Antony, but I couldn't make either work at all - partly because CLEO (Royal role for Liz) just had to be correct. Finally, I think I ran through other weather phenomena until I stumbled upon "ice."
Finally, the "no time" decision paid off big today, because I FWOE'd hard on QUEEN (Contestant on "RuPaul's Drag Race"). I had confidently, but erroneously, entered RtES for "They intersect in Montréal," not noticing the absence of an abbreviation indicator, and I thought "Sure, 'Q-Teen' could be a young contestant's name. Why not?" Sigh.
Fun puzzle. Great debut.