Monday, May 22, 2023

Monday, May 22, 2023, Dang Quang Thang

Seeing WASPS in the puzzle today reminded me of passing through Limerick, Ireland recently, where I recited the classic limerick by W.S. Gilbert:

There was an old man of St. Bees / Who was stung in the arm by a wasp / When asked, "Does it hurt?" / He replied, "No, it doesn't; / I'm so glad it wasn't a hornet."

Thank you very much. I'll be here all week.

Our theme is ASSEENONTV, which when reparsed as "A.S. seen on TV," we get references to four individuals who have appeared on TV whose initials are A.S. It's a nice cross-section of television personalities: one is a political commentator (ALSHARPTON), one a stand up comic (AMYSCHUMER), one is a documentary series host (ADAMSAVAGE) and one is ANDYSAMBERG.

YOURCALL and NONEED give the puzzle a nice colloquial feel. I no longer use any discs for watching entertainment, so BLURAY feels like it comes from the OBAMAERA

Where IRAN is now

But overall, the fill of this grid feels sparkly, especially for a Monday. MARBLE, GODSENDS, GLEECLUB, all are fun answers. 

33A: Place for sweaters, but not shirts? (SAUNA) is a fun clue. Along with BARE and the KAMA Sutra, there's a certain blue quality hidden in here.

PIP PIP! That's something I definitely heard not even once while in the UK.

- Colum

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