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Chuck various / FRI 9-2-22 / Chemist Noddack who co-discovered rhenium / 2003 search and rescue goal / Modern day locale of historical Achaemenid empire / Hilson with 2010 hit Pretty Girl Rock / When mentioned thrice expression of mock shock


Timothy Lee Reid (born December 19, 1944) is an American actor, comic and movie director greatest recognized for his roles in prime time American tv applications, similar to Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82), Marcel “Downtown” Brown on Simon & Simon (1983–87), Ray Campbell on Sister, Sister (1994–99) and William Barnett on That ’70s Show (2004–06). Reid starred in a CBS collection, Frank’s Place, as a professor who inherits a Louisiana restaurant. Reid is the founder and president of Legacy Media Institute, a non-profit group “devoted to bringing collectively main professionals within the movie and tv business, excellent actors, and younger women and men who want to pursue a profession within the leisure media”. (wikipedia)

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 Well this one bought off to an fascinating begin:


The precise reply there (which I did not get till close to the very finish of the clear up) was far much less fascinating than my wonderful improper one, however fortunately there have been plenty of different longer solutions that have been sufficiently sparkly and pleasant to offer me that much-looked–forward-to Friday Feeling. Instead of beginning within the NW (typical), I weirdly ended up opening this puzzle up from the center, with WELL SELF GILL RASH SAUL offering my first actual maintain, after which LAUGH TRACK constructed on high of that (7D: Reel with hilarity?). I moved steadily by means of the puzzle after that, and largely loved myself, however I’ll say I discovered the preponderance of names, notably popular culture names, considerably alarming. I bought an excellent exercise attempting to maneuver my manner over beneath and thru these names, however in some unspecified time in the future there bought to be so many who they started to really feel like an issue. 

There are, by my rely, ten (10!) quick names on this grid. And in fact, names seem in puzzles, no biggie, however if you rely so closely on names, the very clue sort will get exhausting. Names are tough. They will be good if you acknowledge them, and irritating when you do not, and all of that may be a regular a part of fixing, however as with most issues, moderation is vital. Today’s names have been largely clued extraordinarily straightforwardly. [Singer so-and-so], [Actor of “This Show”], and so forth. It added problem at occasions, which is okay, nevertheless it additionally made the cluing really feel arid. When you clog the grid with names, you a. run the chance of constructing the puzzle really feel exclusionary, and b. you diminish the prevalence of actually ingenious clues. You squeeze out cleverness and trickery, two of fixing’s major enjoyments, and exchange it with a trivia take a look at. Now the names in the present day are fairly numerous, when it comes to the fields they arrive from and the eras they’re being pulled from, however nonetheless, by the seventh one they have been starting to really feel like pace bumps, and by the tenth, potholes. I used to be very grateful that each one the names have been dealt with pretty (to my thoughts) and none of them prompted agonizing delays, however … I’d in all probability be happier with about half this many. (To be clear, in the present day’s names have been: EGO AVA KERI ANDY REID SAUL OSSIE DANNY IDA and Van NESS) (NEMO will get a go, largely as a result of he was afforded a intelligent clue) (16A: 2003 search-and-rescue goal).


Lots of low-key missteps. None of them nearly as good as VASECTOMY at 1-A, however many nonetheless value noting. I imagined that there have been individuals on the market who recognized as OMNI-sexual (8D: Prefix with sexual). And I feel there are, however the prefix they take is definitely PAN-. I do not know what AMBIsexual is, or the way it differs from (mere?) BIsexual, dangle on … [furious research montage] … wow, it is a polyvalent phrase. It can imply bi- or androgynous *or* unisex (like a garment). Cool, although it looks as if utilizing it would end in ambi-…-guity. But Maybe That’s The Point. OK, what else? Oh, CHAS! That stopped me chilly for a bit, largely as a result of I believed “Chuck” was meat … or a verb that means “toss” (54D: Chuck various). Definitely by no means thought of “Charles” till I had 3/4 of the crosses. I believed AVA was ARI regardless of having seen this AVA earlier than, for certain (32A: Pop singer ___ Max). And it took me a bit to see that the clue on FRAMED may very well be learn as previous tense (24A: Set up). I stored pondering “Why … will not FRAME … match!?”

[Sturgill Simpson covering WHEN IN ROME]

I’ll shut by saying how a lot I cherished bounding from the thornier quick name-dense patches into the brighter, longer, extra thrilling stuff like “REAL MATURE!” (11D: Response to a juvenile joke, maybe) and “NOT BY A MILE!” (28D: “Far from it!”) and HOOKED UP (!) (39D: Got collectively). Enjoyed the riddle-like high quality of the clue on CAR TROUBLE (good reply, good clue) (17A: What pings may point out). I’m weirdly entertained / impressed by the truth that IOTA and ATOM are usually not solely symmetrical however have equivalent clues (27D: Tiny bit / 36D: Tiny bit). The reply placement is undoubtedly unintended, however  to note it and spotlight it by means of cluing, that is the type of consideration to element that I like in puzzlecraft. Thanks for studying. See you tomorrow.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

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