Bottom Crossword Clue 5 Letters
Bottom Crossword Clue 5 Letters – Mobile aerial platform / OJ. 5/20/21 / The Artist Once Known as the Queen of Las Vegas / 8th-12th Century German / Yossarian’s Tentmate in Catch-22 / The 500s in Dewey Decimal System / She Played Nicole Chapman in Fame / Tea party crasher of fiction
THEME: “SIX FEET / UNDER” (29A: Featuring the Emmy-winning HBO drama 38-Across, whose name suggests the theme of this puzzle) — you must imagine six “FT” running from the bottom (ie, under) the grid :
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Word of the Day: SCISSOR LIFT(36D) — An aerial work platform (AWP), also known as an aerial device, elevating work platform (EWP), cherry picker, bucket truck or mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) is a mechanical device used to provide temporary access to people or equipment in inaccessible areas, usually at height. There are distinct types of mechanized access platforms, and individual types may also be known as “cherry picker” or “scissor lift”. (wikipedia) (my emphasis)
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This probably seems like a clever idea in design, and I suppose it is, but from this solver’s perspective it was a lot of anticlimax. I got the gag in the first few answers I put in the grid, then it was just a matter of carefully finding the remaining “legs” and also seeing if maybe something off topic might be of interest. Opened like this: ENID (give it to me), DEANS LIFE STILL MAYA ELMER’S IF YOU … At that point I wanted IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT , but it didn’t fit, so I worked a little more: NIAPEOPLES EPONYMS REUSE ALTA PAP NIAPEEPLES SEC , at which point IF YOU GET MY DRIFT, it was obvious he was right. We saw that the extra bit, “FT,” was a coherent unit of meaning (ie short for “foot”) and that was it. I knew instantly that “six feet underground” was the concept and that I would find five more of these “FTs”. All of this is even before I looked at the telltale clue, which was now phenomenally useless and unrevealing. So the idea here is cool, but it just wasn’t played with a lot of “aha” power. Discovering the “FT” answers was…interesting. They are definitely the most unusual answers in the grid. But the magic was missing for me only in this.
The fill gets uglier in the “FT” sections. BRYN BSA AARGH RIIS EHS is a mess, as is SCI LES ESO . The SCI LES ESO part was particularly unpleasant because they all tried too hard to be smart. clues, and the short Down running through them had a false clue: I had SEAMY and from “A” I looked at 54D: Super-duper (ACES) and reflexively wrote in A-ONE. This is the kind of intentional “trap” that doesn’t feel good because the answers involved aren’t interesting enough, and the section it appears in is already a mess of short stuff (not where you want people to stop and- and observe the surroundings). I feel bad for anyone. who tried to figure out that part of the grid without knowing the theme. Messy. But the only thing that slowed me down at all today is SCISSOR LIFT , which really, marginal technical stuff like this is not what you want in your theme answers. I finally got it, but I had no idea what it was. I couldn’t even imagine. I assumed “aerial” meant what “air”ial” usually means (“in the sky”), but that’s not correct. When I typed “define SCISSOR LIFT” into google, I got no dictionary entries at all. In the later I found a wikipedia entry for “aerial working platform” (AWP) (see “Word of the Day”, above, and please don’t put AWP in a grid, thanks), and it was buried in the first paragraph of that entry. the term scissor lift . When you’re building your theme, you’re narrowing down what your brand answers will be, you don’t want to settle for “defensive” or “a technical thing.” This leads to complaints from the resolver .
NIA PEEPLES and LOLA FALANA headline this puzzle, which is perhaps the most interesting thing about it (2D: She played Nicole Chapman in “Fame” / 12D: Entertainer once known as the Queen of Las Vegas). I don’t know how anyone under 40 knows who LOLA FALANA is, since her career doesn’t seem to have had much of a cultural afterlife. But then I think a lot of solvers wouldn’t even know NIA PEEPLES if it weren’t for crosswords. Still, they’re both famous or were, and I love their symmetrical flair here. I also love, no love, SPY SWAP (47A: Cover Cold War deal) . I love “Clueless” but I don’t know the name ELISA Donovan (I’d bet money I’ve seen it multiple times in crosswords because it’s so crossword friendly and there are few if any other famous or semi-famous ELISAs; though just isn’t famous enough for the name to stick. Although…maybe this time!) (50A: Actress Donovan from “Clueless”). FRUSUL was also unknown to me. I guess I should be thankful I didn’t run into YGGDRASIL. OLD SAXON (6D: 8th-12th century Germanic language) is like SCISSORS in the sense that I’m sure it’s a technical thing, but come on, give your solvers something more delightful than a technical thing. A good day. Would you like to improve your mental flexibility, learn a few interesting things every day, and establish bragging rights among your friends? Solving crosswords is like mental yoga – both challenging and relaxing at the same time. Plus, it’s fun, especially if you appreciate words and puns as much as I do. I think with patience and practice anyone can learn to solve crosswords. Once you master a few basic strategies, you’ll find that solving puzzles is not only possible, but highly addictive. So let’s solve it!
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The Monday New York Times crossword is the easiest, and the puzzles get harder as the week goes on. Solve as many Mondays as you can before tackling the Tuesday puzzles. You can thank us later.
This is probably the most common mistake a novice solver makes. You know how it is: you have some down time on a Saturday and you’re looking around for something to pass the time. Your officemate keeps bragging about his ability to finish The New York Times crossword puzzle. You hate your office mate.
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The Saturday crossword is actually the hardest puzzle of the week. Mondays have the easiest clues and Saturdays are the hardest or involve the most puns. Contrary to popular belief, Sunday puzzles are difficult mid-week puzzles, not the hardest. They are just bigger.
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